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An invitation from NICE

(National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)

The committee of the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital have been invited to draw your attention to the following information:

I’m just getting in touch to let you know that NICE will be holding a Public Board Meeting and Question Time session in Yeovil on the 21 March 2018.

This is a meeting that we hold bi-monthly across the UK and encourage as many people as possible to attend. The event will be held at the  Westlands,  Westbourne Cl, Yeovil BA20 2DD

I just wondered whether you might be interested in attending, and if you are able to help circulate the message amongst your colleagues and anyone else who would be interested in attending.

The sessions are open to anyone, including members of the public and, of course, those working across healthcare, and are hosted by our Chair Professor David Haslam and our Chief Executive Andrew Dillon. It’s an excellent opportunity for those who work with NICE guidance or want to know more about NICE to put their questions directly to our senior management team.

I’ve attached an invitation with full details should you want to share with colleagues. I would really appreciate it if you could support us in helping to raise awareness of the event as it’s an important engagement opportunity. They always prove to be interesting sessions, and lunch is provided for attendees.

The website to register attendance is

Please don’t hesitate to come back to me with any questions, and hope to see you in Yeovil

Best wishes,


Alana Stanton
External Communications
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
10 Spring Gardens London SW1A 2BU


Our Treasurer will soon be retiring!

The Committee of the Friends are very sad that their Treasurer will be retiring early in 2018 after a period of meticulous service.  They are now seeking someone to inherit this important position.  Here are a few points to consider…

The power of voluntary input

We must all be thankful that the awesome undertaking of our founders in buying land, building the hospital, paying staff wages, providing staff accommodation, equipping the hospital, and maintaining the building, are now largely covered by the NHS, but we have to recognise that the substantial input from the Friends is paramount in augmenting the basic NHS provision.  Voluntary input has been a cornerstone of the hospital’s success since 1866 – long may this continue.

The recent NHS deliberations on future healthcare provision across Dorset resulted in a good prospect for the Yeatman, and it would be nice to feel that the strength of support from the Friends may perhaps have had some bearing on this outcome.

What might the Yeatman have to offer you or your family?

None of us know when we may need the Minor Injuries Unit, an X-ray, a variety of day surgery, a spell as an in-patient, treatment by the Stroke Service, a variety of therapy services, Mental Health services, or Community services, so a good contingency is for us all to work towards keeping these and many other facilities local.

The role to fill

Our Treasurer has a vital role to play in securing the best possible outcomes to benefit patients, their relatives, and staff.   Whilst a retired accountant may be ideal, an individual with business acumen and experience would be equally welcome, as would someone who loves working with figures.   It is a fulfilling role requiring certain commitment, but the current Treasurer has everything in impeccable order to ease his handover on retirement.

What can you do?

If you feel the Friends and the hospital are deserving of your voluntary endeavour and would like to find out more – (or know someone else who might) – please contact our Chairman David Hayes CBE by email to or on (mobile) 07715 292 065

Opening of Ada Kearvell Suite, 11 August 2017

When a small bay became available for alternative use due to the closure of two beds on Beech Ward, Matron Anne was keen to develop the space to form a second End of Life suite for the Willows in-patient unit. 

Chairman David cuts the ribbon with Matron Anne Hiscock
The Friends were pleased to help in this endeavour, and are delighted that the project has come to fruition.

The space was reconfigured to provide a patient bedroom with its own wet-room, entailing radical work to install hoist mechanisms in the ceilings for safer and dignified manoeuvring of patients.

This was together with the installation of cabling for a range of modern electronic equipment.  Installation of a French door and larger window have also added to the amenities.

An adjoining room for use by close relatives was developed and enables them to take breaks from supporting their loved-one, and to make themselves drinks and snacks during visits.  Installation of WiFi, television, variable lighting, and a high spec music system all add to the sensory experiences available to both patient and relatives.

Staff voted that the new facility should be named the Ada Kearvell Suite in memory of Ada, who served as Matron for 30 years from 1899.

(click on a pic to see more)

More details about Ada can be found by clicking here.

Britain in Bloom judges visit the Willows Garden

On Monday 7 August the Britain in Bloom judges visited the Willows Garden as part of their tour around Sherborne.

Britain in Bloom judges Keith and Susan with garden volunteers Rosalind and Rosie

Sherborne in Bloom was invited to enter this competition after the town was a joint winner of the South West in Bloom Champion of Champions competition in 2016.

They are competing with seven other towns of similar size in England, Wales and Scotland to win top marks from the judges.

78 other towns, cities, and villages across the UK are also competing, but will have to wait until October to hear how they have done.

Live Well Event, Monday 19 June

As part of this enterprise, which aimed to offer information encouraging healthy and safe lifestyles, the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital joined with a number of organisations in the Out-patients Physiotherapy department, where they displayed information showing some of the ways they had enhanced facilities at the hospital.

Unfortunately there were a limited number of visitors, which could perhaps be attributed to the heatwave of the time, when it was sensible to just take things easy and stay at home!

Anyone visiting the main Out-patient department at the Yeatman Hospital can see the display stand in the waiting room there.

Out-patient display stand


Fabulous Garden Party

By kind invitation of Dr and Mrs Robin Odgers, the beautiful quintessential English garden of Corton Denham House was made available for the Friends to host a summer Garden Party.  On a perfect sunny evening, guests enjoyed strolling in the five acres of stunning gardens. They also enjoyed drinks, light refreshments, and the raffle with some very generous prizes. Altogether a wonderful evening. For those not able to attend, the gardens can be viewed on

Chairman David thanks host Dr Robin Odgers for kindly making his garden available to the Friends

(click on a pic to see a slideshow of the garden)

Sherborne International

Members of Sherborne International showed their spirit of generosity by hosting events at the school to raise money for the Friends, thereby helping to continue the upgrading of amenities at the Yeatman Hospital.

They organised activities such as a “non-uniphone” day, pancake races, and a raffle, raising the wonderful total of £347.77. 

Matron thanks students and staff of Sherborne International for their generous donation

Billiard Tournament Success

Thanks to the magnificent efforts of Carroll Walters and his daughter Sarah Harding, the Billiard Tournament which they organised with all day refreshments and raffle will bring big benefits to the Friends. £735 was raised.

A highly competitive spirit was evident at the Charity Billiard Tournament.

Presentation of Bose Music System

Daughters of Betty White, who recently died in the Yeatman, wanted to show their appreciation of the wonderful care she received there.  Following discussions with Matron and the Friends, they chose to give a Bose Music System to be used in the newly created Ada Kearvell suite, enhancing the environment for both patient and relatives during those especially difficult times.

Matron receives the Bose Music System from (L to R)Sharon Coward, Jackie Fellingham, Michelle Eggleston, Carol Brake, and Sarah Goodland.  Sister Shirley Richardson, Snr. Sister Barbara Ludlow, and Sister Denise Willmotts hide in the back row.

Sherborne Masonic Lodge

Members of the Masonic Lodge had also very kindly raised money for the Friends, and their Master, Peter Cairns, and Treasurer, Raymond Wood, presented their chequefor £300 at a joint event with Sherborne International.

After they had presented their respective cheques to Matron, they were given the opportunity to see some of the special amenities which have recently been funded by the Friends.  These included the new Ada Kearvell suite, and the Don Mildenhall Room.

Matron Anne Hiscock, flanked by Masons Raymond Wood and Peter Cairns, receives cheques from both Sherborne International and the Masonic Lodge.  Ten students with teachers Mary Hayes , left, and Simon Tomlinson, also joined Chairman of the Friends David Hayes for the presentations.  Photo Jane Norman.