A generous donation of four Infusion Chairs within Gainsborough Clinics at Colchester Hospital was made on 31 August by the North East Essex Crohns & Colitis Association. The chairs are designed for relaxation and will benefit a large number of patients being treated for wide range conditions that require intravenous infusions. This includes gastroenterology, rheumatology, neurology, nephrology and respiratory disorders. Some of these infusions take several hours to administer so making patients as comfy as possible is really important for their well-being.

Sister, Sue Warner explained that ‘the Infusion Chairs electrically recline and feedback has been extremely positive so far, with the patients pointing out how easy it is to position themselves and how comfortable they are. Two of the chairs have a memory foam seat cushion and wider arms for additional comfort. This is especially beneficial for our more elderly, frail patients. I would like to say a very big thank you to the Crohns & Colitis Association for donating these wonderful chairs. They are going to make such a positive difference.’ Funds were raised through numerous events, but also from donations from the family of Nick Coppin, Frinton Golf Club, David and Liz Rex, and Norfolk Order of Buffaloes.

A wall plaque was also presented to the hospital in memory of a former patient and avid fundraiser for the Association which will sit proudly in the Laurel Rooms where the treatments takes place.

Deputy sister, Megan Creasy treats a patient in an infusion chair

Coordinator for the North Essex Network, Alison Fisk (seated, right) and volunteer Nicole Hoines with members of staff and volunteers and fundraisers from CCUK

Coordinator for the North Essex Network, Alison Fisk (seated, right) and volunteer Nicole Hoines, Deputy sister, Megan Creasy (back centre) with volunteers and fundraisers from CCUK