THE League of Friends to the Tyrrell Community Hospital in Ilfracombe celebrate 35th years with the hospital on Saturday (July 12.) To mark the occasion all local residents are invited to an open day from 2-5pm at the hospital on St Brannocks Park Road.

THE League of Friends to the Tyrrell Community Hospital in Ilfracombe celebrate 35th years with the hospital on Saturday (July 12.) To mark the occasion all local residents are invited to an open day from 2-5pm at the hospital on St Brannocks Park Road.The League has supported the community hospital in a variety of projects and only this year set aside £50,000 to donate to the hospital. This will go towards developing patient care and improving facilities at the Tyrrell hospital. As well as these future plans, during 2007 the Ilfracombe League of Friends donated £10,000 towards the cost of new equipment and refurbishment. This included a standing hoist, a physiotherapy bike, a doppler machine - a pump to administer intravenous fluids - a lockable patient notes trolley, a microwave, a DVD and video player, additional items for the newly installed call-bell system, a service contract for bladder scanner and hoist slings for amputee patients.The Tyrrell offers valuable healthcare services to the community with an extended Minor Injuries Unit service and increased outpatient clinics held every week. The open day will feature a series of stalls and displays about the NHS. Visitors will be able to have a guided tour around the hospital and have health checks. Afternoon team and refreshments will also be available."We are really pleased to be celebrating our 35th anniversary," said chairman Gloria Satchwell."The Tyrrell hospital is such an important part of the community in Ilfracombe. The money we are investing - and will continue to invest - will help the to provide all the care and attention needed by both inpatients and outpatients in Ilfracombe. Sandra Walsh, Modern Matron at the hospital, added: "We are very grateful to the League for their continuing and unstinting support of the hospital. "We thank all the people who have worked hard to raise this amount and those who have donated via the Friends shop. We value their ongoing support and are sure all the patients coming to the Tyrrell will benefit from these investments."The Tyrrell hospital was thought to have been founded in a cottage (hence the term cottage hospital) by the benevolence of' Mrs Tyrrell and in 1868, the foundation stone for a larger site was laid nearby. The new hospital was funded from charitable money and a religious ceremony marked the laying of the foundation stone. The estimated cost of the original building was £1000.