The Friends are very positive about their move to a new facility at the hospital, which is currently being built. (See Artist’s Impression above).
Work is underway on a new combined shop and café for the Friends which is expected to open towards the end of April 2017. It will be located in the hospital’s North Wing, extending the tea bar which was previously there.
Ron Noakes, chairman of the Friends, said: “I’m very positive about what is going to happen. I think the new shop will be an asset to us and to the local community.”
He is confident the shop, which is smaller than the one in the front foyer, will continue to attract customers.
“People will support the Friends because of all we do for the hospital and the community.”
In the meantime, the Friends have opened a temporary pop-up shop based by the lifts in the West Wing of the hospital. The shop sells newspapers, magazines and a small selection of the usual stock and will be open Monday to Friday from 7.00 am to 5.30 pm and on Saturday from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm. A trolley service will still be provided twice a day.