Welwyn Hatfield syringe appeal helps South African health services

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 August 2013

Helen Dodd (Hospice Director at Isabel Hospice) presenting a syringe driver to Hatfield Rotarian Frank Taylor

Helen Dodd (Hospice Director at Isabel Hospice) presenting a syringe driver to Hatfield Rotarian Frank Taylor


HATFIELD rotarians have joined forces with WGC-based Isabel Hospice to give much-needed help to the fledgling hospice movement in South Africa.

The initiative has come about following a change in UK regulations relating to syringe drivers.

The Abundant Life Project is being run jointly by the Rotary clubs of Hatfield and Amersham, and aided by a Rotary International grant.

A club spokesman said: “Due to a change in UK regulations, Isabel Hospice needed to replace its syringe drivers.

“Syringe drivers provide patients with a regulated dose of medication when needed.

“Obsolete syringe drivers have been collected from all over the UK for use in South Africa, where the regulations have different requirements.”

More than 100 syringe drivers have been dispatched so far.

The latest batch was handed over by Isabel Hospice director Helen Dodd. They became available as new replacement drivers came into service at Isabel Hospice.

Hatfield Rotarian Frank Taylor said: “Helen was delighted to be helping our project as the syringe drivers were to be scrapped if not donated.

“Through Abundant Life, these syringe drivers will get a second use helping alleviate the suffering of others.”

The Rotary International grant funded a van and a care team who use specialist equipment to care for patients at home.

“The syringe drivers form a vital part of this equipment which allows terminally ill patients to receive care at home,” added the Rotary spokesman.

“It frees up hospital beds, allowing the stretched public health system to help the majority of the population.”

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