Back row (l-r): Robert H Fennell, Sean Casey, Finbarr Walsh, Kenneth Kingston, David Venus, Michael Hennebry.
Front row (l-r): Ursula Kingston, Maureen Minihane, Valerie Stevenson, Declan Hurley, Jackie Daly, Eveisa Kingston, Pauline O’Callaghan.

THE Friends of Bantry General Hospital were recently presented with a cheque for €10,420.00, the proceeds of a very successful sponsored walk from Drimoleague to Bantry, which was organised by Eveisa Kingston back in May.

The cheque was presented to the chairperson of the friends group, Declan Hurley at the hospital.


Mr Hurley thanked everyone who supported the walk, especially Eveisa Kingston for organising a very successful event and all the walkers who took part and collected the money and made the walk the success it was.

He also thanked Robert Fennell and the safety marshals, who freely gave of their time and ensured the event ran smoothly and safely.



Thanks was also expressed on behalf of the friends to the hospital management and canteen staff who provided the refreshments on the day.

Local businesses were also thanked on behalf of the friends for their support in donating vouchers for the walkers who took part on the day as a thank you for their great effort.



The date has already been set for next year’s walk, which will take place on Saturday, May 25th 2013.

The Chairman also acknowledged two further donations, which were received, they were the from charity shop in Drimoleague who donated €1,320 from their takings and Pauline O’ Callaghan who raised €720, the proceeds of a coffee morning held in her home in Ballydehob.



Jackie Daly, Hospital Manager, thanked and commended the friends group for their continued hard work and support towards the development of the Hospital, as did Maureen Minihane, Interim Director of Nursing, who added that the work of the friends group continues to enhance services for the patient at the hospital which in the larger scale of things may not be provided for by the HSE.



The funds will go towards purchasing a specialised drying cabinet and sink for the Endoscopy Unit at  Bantry General Hospital.

This equipment will further enhance what has become a flourishing department in the Hospital, where the number of endoscopic procedures performed has risen steadily over the past decade, in 2001 there were 488 endoscopies rising to 1,469 in 2011.



This new equipment will allow storage for up to 72 hours in a clean/filtered air system and will allow emergency endoscopies to be performed quicker, therefore giving a safer service to the public.

The new equipment will also enable the Endoscopy Unit to strive for accreditation by the regulatory board. In time, no endoscopy unit will be allowed to perform procedures without accreditation.



Therefore, this equipment will allow the Endoscopy Unit at Bantry to continue to serve the people of West Cork and surrounding areas.

The Friends next fundraiser will be a coffee morning which will be held in the Maritime Hotel in Bantry on Thursday, September 20th.