Published on: 21 May 2019

South Tyneside District Hospital’s League of Friends have hit the right note with their latest donation.

They have provided three sets of digital music players with headphones for patients having operations under local or regional anaesthetic, who will be able to choose from playlists offering varied styles of music. 

Chris Reynolds, senior operating department practitioner, said: “We are very grateful to the League of Friends for their generosity. Our old CD players and headphones were beyond repair; the new equipment will enable us to improve the experience of our patients who are awake for their procedures, which could be anything from carpal tunnel wrist surgery to hip and knee replacements. They will benefit greatly from using music as a relaxing what can be a very stressful and anxious time for them.”

The League of Friends was founded in 1948 – the same year as the NHS. In the past seven decades, its volunteers have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to provide local patients and staff with extra comforts and equipment.