Following a burglary at Rugby St Cross Hospital, in which computer equipment was stolen from the phlebotomy department, the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association has made a donation to help with replacement of stolen computer equipment. The hospital report at the end of 2017 said, "A burglary at the hospital’s showpiece blood-taking department has resulted in disruption to patients after electronic devices were stolen. The break-in took place over a weekend at the unit, opened two years ago at the hospital after a charity appeal. Electronic items including a laptop and several Galaxy tablets were taken in the raid."
The blood-taking unit was launched in 2015 on the site of the old Mulberry Ward after The Friends of St Cross raised £120,000 for the service, which put the hospital at the forefront of improving phlebotomy care. Following the burglary, for a period, the unit resorted to a manual system instead of the computerised system which had been installed.
W Bro Stuart Esworthy, a prominent Rugby Freemason, and a trustee of the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association, was pleased to present the cheque for £1000 to Eileen Rock, Head of Charity for the University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, of which Rugby St Cross Hospital is part of the group. Nursing staff at the unit are also pictured.
The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association supports numerous hospitals, hospices, research, disabled support groups and many other causes throughout Warwickshire and the West Midlands. For further information, contact John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward.