The 1990s

What we bought

The 1990s’ saw the Friends open its new shop with café and seating area. This started to generate substantial profits as well as paying rent to the hospital.

The Friends bought items in the 90s’ that not only benefitted all areas of the hospital but also the wider community including Samaritans, Health centres, Day centres, Ambulance service, Whaddon Way Community Hospital and Milton Keynes Health Authority which was involved out in the community.

Breast Screening was becoming important in the 90s’. The hospital was desperate to have a RADX Multi-viewer but they could not get funding for the item or staffing required to run it. The Friends purchased the RADX Multi-viewer and also paid for a member of staff to operate it for five years from 1997. After which the hospital had sufficient funding to pay for a member of staff.

The Friends of Milton Keynes Hospital & Community spent over £374,000 on patient care in the 1990s’.

The total rent paid to the hospital by the Friends Shop in the 1990s’ was £333,976.

Acute Pain Service
  • Abbott Pain Manager x 2
  • Tens Machine x 2
  • = £10,500
All Areas
  • Visitors Chairs
  • Portable TV Text
  • = £1,300
Anaesthetics
  • Patient Monitor
  • = £5,300
Audiology
  • Minicom
  • = £500
Breast Clinic
  • RADX Multiviewer
  • Staff Costs x 3 years
  • = £63,300
Cardiology
  • Cardoview Heart Tel Rec’dr
  • £11,100
Chapel
  • Furniture & Cabinet
  • £800
E.N.T.
  • Outpatient Sinoscopy
  • Microtymp
  • Audioscope
  • Biopsy Forceps
  • = £5,800
Endoscopy
  • Fridge & Toaster
  • = £250
General Surgery
  • Lifesign Monitor
  • = £2,150
Haemotology
  • Eliza Plate Reader
  • Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • Codeprinter
  • = £12,500
Histopathology
  • Rotary Microtome x 2
  • Cassette Microwriter
  • = £13,300
Hospital Radio
  • General funding
  • = £750
​Imaging
  • Ultrasound Examining Couch
  • AU 530 Ultrasound Unit
  • 4 Head Video Recorder
  • = £16,800
Intensive Care Unit
  • Gemini Infusion Pump
  • Bairhug Warming Units
  • Ultrasound Scanner
  • = £10,300
Labour Ward
  • Toaster & Kettles
  • Pictures & books
  • = £300


Lecture Theatre
  • Screens
  • = £200
Main Entrance
  • Display Cabinets
  • = £1,500
Medicine
  • Tens Machine x 4
  • Graseby Syringe Driver
  • Adult Scales
  • Mechanical Lithotripter
  • = £3,200
Memorial Garden
  • Benches
  • = £300
Microbiology
  • Carbon Dioxide Incubator
  • Anaerobic Workstation
  • Arthroscopy Pump
  • Koch Steamer
  • Microcentrifuge
  • = £20,600
Mortuary
  • Relatives Room Settee
  • = £250
Opthalmology
  • Field Analyser Equipment
  • Optical Equipment
  • Portable Slit Lamp
  • = £11,500
Orthopaedics
  • HYD Traction Package
  • Radiolucent Drill Drive
  • Bone Plug Reamer
  • Arthroscopy Instruments
  • Unreamed Tibial Nail System
  • Screw Implant Set
  • Video Arthroscopy
  • Battery Saw Reamer
  • = £38,200
Paediatrics
  • Incubator
  • Ambulatory Patient Monitor
  • Cardiac Monitor
  • Nasal CPAP x 2
  • = £20,200
Pathology
  • Microwave
  • = £2,500
Pharmacy
  • Towards Computers
  • = £1,400
Physiotherapy
  • Compression Unit
  • Vitalograph Spirometer
  • Pulse Shortwave Unit
  • System 22 CPAP
  • Interferential Machine
  • Compressor
  • = £6,800

Telephone Room
  • Minicom
  • = £350
Theatre
  • Nuffield Ventilator
  • = £1,200
Ward 1, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15,17, 19 & 20
  • Patient Slings
  • Infusion Pumps
  • Televisions x 6
  • Rhono Cushion
  • Electric Cooker
  • Toasters x 4
  • Tens Machines x 2
  • Miscellaneous non-medical items
  • = £15,000
X-Ray
  • Smart Needle
  • Pressure Monitor
  • ‘Fishing Chair’
  • = £5,100
Unspecified Areas
  • Laminar Flow Work Station
  • 24 Hour ECG Machine
  • Laser Laryngoscope
  • ECG Machine
  • Vitalograph Equipment
  • Medullary Equipment
  • Fibre Optic Bronchoscope
  • Ultrasound Probe
  • MiniDriver
  • Halogen Light Source
  • Pneumatic System
  • Xenon Light
  • Camera System
  • Endocart Trolley
  • Gastrofiberscope
  • Transducer
  • Pressure Isolator
  • Refrigerator
  • Air Filter
  • Heart Monitor x 3
  • Slide Projector
  • Hospital Fete Donation
  • Computer & Printer for Secretary
  • = £74,000
Out in the Community
  • Ambulance Service - oximeter
  • Campbell Centre - patient care
  • Community Hospital (Whaddon Way) - Syringe Driver
  • Eaglestone Health Centre - Play Area
  • Great Holm Health Centre - Syringe Pump
  • Linford Day Centre - Recliner Seat
  • Samaritan Fund for mental health
  • Milton Keynes Community Trust
  • Milton Keynes Health Authority
  • Talkback Club - Travel Subsidy
  • = £33,900

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