Friends of Danesbury and QVM
‘What happens at Danesbury and QVM Hospital’ is a question we are often asked. Both are well known in the local, and wider, community but for some exactly what services they provide is a mystery. Many recall past experiences, maybe rather personal, and for some it is the original appeal which in 1993 provided funding for building what is now Danesbury Neurological Centre.
Then Danesbury Home, as it was originally named, provided a home for residents of all ages who needed full time medical care. Now there is just one remaining resident and Danesbury is a Neurological Centre – one of only two in Hertfordshire. The centre provides care for both in-patients and out-patients who have a range of acute neurological problems. The medical team include Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Speech therapists, Dieticians and Specialist Parkinson’s and MS nurses.
Built in 1902 Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital was for many decades Community hospital for Welwyn, Codicote and Digswell. Now it cares for patients who need rehabilitation following a stay in one of the acute hospitals, particularly Lister Hospital in Stevenage. Most have had a stroke or similar medical condition and usually stay up to six weeks whilst the specialist team help them to maximise their independence.
Both Danesbury and QVM are part of the Herts Community NHS Trust. Unlike the trust administering the acute hospitals the Community Trust is responsible for the whole of the county and in today’s financial climate is obliged to juggle its resources between its various sites.
With our supporters’ help the Friends are privileged to be able to fund some of this wonderful care provided by both establishments.