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Family raises money for hospital's vital Chartwell Suite

Wednesday 15th January 2020

CANCER Care staff at Maidstone Hospital have been handed a £5,000 thank you present.

Those using and working on the busy Chartwell Suite, which treats 40-50 patients a day, will benefit from the Vital Signs machine, which shows a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and oxygen saturation in one, and signals if vital signs rise or fall.

The equipment was handed over by Raymond Corke and his wife Jackie in thanks for the treatment Ray has been receiving at Chartwell Suite for leukaemia since 2008. The couple raised the money with race nights and afternoon teas at the pub in Tonbridge run by their daughter Lisa and her husband Garth.

Mr Corke said: “The staff work so hard and if it makes their life and a patient’s life a bit easier then it’s completely worth it. The treatment I have received here from the beginning has been outstanding – I really can’t fault it and it’s been great to help make a small difference.” 

Haematology and oncology clinical nurse specialist Ruth Hunt said: “The Chartwell Suite is a very busy unit, and this incredibly kind gesture from Ray and his family will go a long way in treating patients quicker and helping our staff during their shifts.”