A MAJOR reorganisation of the leadership of the Friends of Ludlow Hospital is likely when the group holds its annual meeting in August.

The changes have been being considered for an extended period.

It is not known what they will be and if new people will be taking a more prominent role.

Peter Corfield, the long serving chairman of the group, has suffered an extended period of ill health although it has not been suggested that he will not continue.

The changes were signposted last November and will be put forward at the annual general meeting that is scheduled to take place at St Peter’s Hall in Henley Road on Wednesday, August 4 at 6.30pm.

This is subject to any changes that there may be as a result of the Covid-19 regulations.

Activities of the League of Friends have been heavily curtailed over the past year because of the coronavirus but there are signs of some return to normality.

The hospital has advised the League of Friends that it will be possible to restart the tea and coffee service that is provided by volunteers.

There will also be a trolley shop.

The administration of the volunteer rosters, including training, DB checks, insurance is totally the responsibility of the NHS and is organised at Ludlow by Alison Morris Hospital Administration Manager Ludlow and Bishops Castle Hospitals Tel 01584 666037 or alison.morris15@nhs.net.

Ludlow Hospital League of Friends has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the hospital over many years.

This has included paying for a dialysis unit that treats kidney patients from Ludlow and south Shropshire.

Without this people would have to travel three times a week to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Dialysis takes several hours and involves patients being piped into machines that remove impurities from their blood.

Although it is not a painful process it can leave patients tired and exhausted.

The League of Friends has also provided a range of other medical equipment as well as helping to make the stay in hospital more comfortable for patients.

For a period last year, the hospital in Ludlow was treating patients suffering from Covid-19.

It is now operating in a more normal way and offers a range of outpatient care including maternity services although women no longer give birth in Ludlow Hospital after changes made by health chiefs.