Friends of Tynan Surgery (FoTS)
For many years the patients of the surgery have been supported by kind donations to the Tynan Patient Comfort Fund. In 2014 ‘The Friends of Tynan Surgery’ was established with the stated aim of using the funds received to promote the health and care of patients within the area served by Tynan Surgery.
The FoTS committee is made up from patient representatives and oversees the management of the funds.
In the past these funds have been used to purchase equipment and facilities to enhance the Practice’s capacity to diagnose and treat patients in the Surgery and to facilitate their care at home. More recently FoTS has broadened its range of funding activities to include support for community initiatives such as first aid training for youth groups and visits to the area by the Action Cancer ‘Big Bus’.
Due chiefly to changes in the manner in which the Southern Health and Social Care Trust provides and maintains equipment used to support patients in their own homes, the ability of FoTS to be involved in purchasing items such as syringe drivers or specialised mattresses has been markedly curtailed.
This has led to the development of a surplus of money within the fund. The FoTS Committee recognise that the expectation of those donating to the fund is that it will be used in a timely fashion to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our community. To this end they decided at their AGM in February 2023 that at the end of each financial year an allocation of 10% of the account balance should be made to local charities with similar goals to their own, such as the Southern Area Hospice, Marie Curie Nursing or Cruse Bereavement Counselling.
The Practice is immensely grateful both to all those who have contributed to the fund and to the members of the Committee who generously give of their time to oversee and manage the fund. We are deeply appreciative of the benefits that have been delivered as a result to individual patients and the practice community as a whole.
Friends of Tynan Surgery current committee members:
Mrs Helen Hughes, Chair, Killylea
Mrs Marie Barkey, Treasurer, Middletown
Mr John Devlin, Secretary, Manooney
Mrs Joy Rollston, Killylea
Mrs Sylvia Gillespie, Killylea
Mr Jim Quinn, Caledon
Mr Rory McConnell, Middletown
Mr Isaac Beattie, Killylea
Items purchased in last 6 months include:
FeNO analyser for helping confirm the diagnosis of asthma.
INR meter for determining the correct dose of blood thinning medication a patient needs.
Specialised cushions to protect patients who are confined to chairs for long periods from developing pressure sores.
BP Machines to assist in the diagnosis of hypertension (high blood pressure)
Nebulisers for administering medication in a mist to be breathed in to treat asthma and COPD
Last updated 24/5/23