West Kent Freemasons support Darent Valley Hospital

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

The Master and members of St John and St Pauls Lodge No. 615 and the Province of West Kent were delighted to have assisted Darent Valley Hospital in the fully funded purchase of a much needed new piece of equipment - The Accuvein

This machine makes light work of the sometimes difficult process of vein location. This can be especially useful in the treatment of cancer patients and others in regular need of intravenous treatment whose skin may not be so resilient.

The Provincial Grand Master of West Kent Mark Estaugh received a hands on demonstration from Ward Sister Angela Ridyard of how easy it now is to non-invasively identify a vein, and nurses Julie and Fatima then explained how this piece of kit is already making the lives of their patients more comfortable and less stressful.

The Charity Steward of St John and St Pauls lodge explained how pleased they were to receive the match-funding (£2,000) from West Kent to achieve the required total of £4,000 to make the purchase of this machine a reality.

Mark Estaugh said how proud he was of the way this lodge was supporting its community. 

Cintia Bailey from Darent Valley Hospital said: 'We are extremely grateful to St John and St Paul’s Lodge 615 and the Province of West Kent for their continued support of Valley Hospital Charity in purchasing a second Accuvein Finder to aid accurate vein location and reduced discomfort for patients at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

'We are delighted that the Freemasons are already fundraising for another Accuvein for Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust based at Queen Mary’s Hospital site.'

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