Friends Input

Ada Kearvell Suite

The Friends have recently funded the reconfiguration of space on the Willows wards to create a second facility comparable to the well-used Jean King Suite.  Both suites enable close relatives to stay with their loved-ones for longer periods than the normal visiting hours, and afford more privacy, together with a range of amenities to help them cope with especially stressful times.

Ada Kearvell (left) after receiving her Royal Red Cross medal at Buckingham Palace, 1918

The new suite has been named in honour of the longest serving Matron of the Yeatman, Ada Kearvell, who was in post from 1908 until her retirement in 1934.  Read about her award of the Royal Red Cross medal by King George V in our “News” section.
Funded 2017

The Ophthalmology Department

The new  Ophthalmology Department, substantially funded by the Friends, is now operational and offers the following out-patient services for patients of Yeovil consultants:

  • Glaucoma Clinics
  • Cataract Clinics
  • Ocular Plastic Clinics
  • Optometrist Clinics
  • Nurse-led Pre-Assessment Clinics

The Friends are delighted that this should benefit many patients.
Funded 2016

The Don Mildenhall Room

Members of Don’s family at the official opening of the room named in his honour, together with members of staff and Friends’ Committee.. Photo by Terry Fisher

The newly refurbished Day Room for the inpatients at the Willows has been renamed in honour of the Friends former President of many years, and will now be known as the Don Mildenhall Room.

The refurbishment including wide concertina patio doors has all been funded  by the Friends, and now provides a bright room for a variety of purposes and a wider view of the garden.

Sarah Hill cuts the ribbon to officially open the Don Mildenhall room. Photo by Terry Fisher

One of Don’s daughter’s, Sarah Hill, officially opened the room in July and is seen in the photograph with Matron Anne Hiscock and former Chairman of the Friends, Mike Hatch.
Funded 2016

Diagnostic Ultrasound

Xario 200 Ultrasound unit

  • The previous unit failed, and an urgent replacement was required to preserve the ultrasound service in Sherborne.
  • It is compact and versatile, allowing a large range of ultrasound examinations to be undertaken locally.
  • The Xario has superior image quality, which improves accuracy of diagnosis.
  • Local facility in addition to that in Yeovil helps to keep waiting times as short as possible.

Funded 2016

Simple Up In X-Ray

Matron Anne Hiscock takes a test drive ride on the Simple Up.

The  Simple Up

  • Many x-ray examinations of knees, ankles and feet need to be done whilst a patient is standing.
  • The Simple Up allows a patient to be safely elevated to the x-ray facility, having mounted just a three inch step.
  •  Especially beneficial for elderly and frail patients.
  • Time-saving, safe, and easy to use.

Funded 2015

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Physiotherapists use this to help reduce soft tissue inflammation, and to accelerate healing.

The most common conditions treated with ultrasound include soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis, scar tissue and non-acute joint swelling.
Funded 2015

Cross Trainer

This is used largely in the rehabilitation of patients with lower limb problems, but also those with low back pain and cardio-vascular conditions.

It helps to build strength, and improve range of movement.
Funded 2015


Free TV and WiFi

We funded the installation of televisions for every patient in The Willows to use free of charge.

More recently we have installed WiFi to help patients keep in touch with family and friends, and the wider world.
Funded 2015

UV Machine

In addition to the Friends  purchasing the Ultra-violet machine, they also contributed to costly specialist training to ensure its safe operation.

UV rays are used to treat troublesome skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema which often require multiple treatments.

Few hospitals in the county have this facility.

The Staff Room

The long-awaited re-decoration and refurbishment of a room on the Willows Wards giving Staff a space to take their well-earned breaks has been funded by the Friends.

Purchases – new area for staff to take their breaks


The Quiet Room

Friends funded the re-decoration and furnishing of a room on the Willows Wards which affords an agreeable space for  discussion of sensitive issues between patients, relatives and staff.

It also affords space for quiet “Time-out” from the wards when required.

Purchases 2017 – Quiet Room on Willows Wards


Electronic Display Screen

The Friends have installed an electronic information screen in the Minor Injures Waiting Room.   This avoids  the need for medical staff to interrupt their treatment of patients to greet new arrivals.

Lots of useful information is displayed whilst  patients wait to be attended to.

Electronic Information Screen in MIU waiting room


Earlier Achievements

  • Purchase of land for the Stewart Wing
  • Significant contribution towards the cost of building the Stewart Wing, and its subsequent refurbishment to form the Willows Wards and Minor Injuries Unit
  • Landscaping of the Willows garden
  • New entrance to the Out-patient department
  • Items for use in the Day Surgery theatre
  • Equipment to enhance opportunities for patients in occupational therapy and physiotherapy
  • Reference books for various departments
  • Upgrade of chairs for waiting areas and patient comfort
  • Specialist chairs to assist corrective posture of patients
  • Electronic sun-blinds to wards in the Willows
  • Miscellaneous items such as war-time recipe books for the memory clinic and large-face clocks for the wards

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