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December 4, 2020

The NHS doesn’t just alleviate disease but also improves the economic wellbeing of the country.

There are more than 240 NHS charities across the UK and most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more. Collectively these charities give £1 million every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. In recent years NHS charities have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment at our hospitals, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most.

They also play a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff, brightening wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art and building an important link between our hospitals and our communities. Other NHS charities support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts.

These vital funds and services are above and beyond what the NHS alone can provide, touching lives and making a huge difference to millions of people when they are at their most vulnerable.

The NHS doesn’t just produce hip operations and blood tests. Its outputs have knock-on effects, which ultimately can be measured in terms of a healthier workforce, with fewer absences due to sickness. The NHS doesn’t just alleviate disease but also improves the economic wellbeing of the country.

Poll after poll of the public’s views about the NHS invariably rank it as one of Britain’s most loved and admired institutions. But regardless of how our health care is funded, meeting the rising demand for services and transforming care in response to an ageing population and changing patterns of disease is an issue and budgets are stretched.

NHS charities such as Brighter Futures enable hospitals like the Great Western NHS Foundation Trust to realise patient benefit much sooner by enhancing the environment for patients and staff in which health services can be delivered, enable carers and staff caring for patients to benefit from education and facilities not normally available within the NHS funding and fund extra equipment and staffing to the Trust above the NHS funding envelope.

To find out more, go to https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/

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