Welcome to
The League of Friends of the Patrick Stead Hospital

We aim to support the work of the Patrick Stead Hospital in caring for its patients, engaging the community of Halesworth and surrounding area.

The Patrick Stead Hospital

From our President, Dr Bill Pagan:

“The Patrick Stead Hospital has been at the hub of Halesworth for over 125 years, now radiating out to three district general hospitals. The Hospital has provided medical and nursing care, as well as ancillary services, throughout this period to those in the catchment area and beyond.

I have been actively involved in the Hospital for over 45 years, first as a GP, and, more recently, through the League of Friends.

The Hospital and the League of Friends have always been wonderfully well-supported by our local community, as practically everyone has benefited from its presence and recognised its importance to our health and well-being.

I sincerely hope the Hospital will still be serving the community as it does today for at least another 125 years.”

A few words from our Chair, Karen Kerridge:

“I was born in the Patrick Stead Hospital, back in the days of the maternity unit, my Grandad was cared for with respect and dignity in the hospital and I have visited the minor injuries unit several times with my own children.

Our local hospital really is a resource across the ages. The healthcare provided here in Halesworth is excellent and very much appreciated, and I feel it is important to support that service in any way possible. The local community is always extremely supportive of the League of Friends and the work we do.

Since my election as chair I have been keen to involve young people as well as the older generation. I am trying to inject fresh, imaginative ideas and involve the whole community. I strongly believe this is the best way to support and protect health care services at the Patrick Stead.”

The Patrick Stead Hospital

  • Patrick Stead Hospital serves the town of Halesworth and surrounding area in north-east Suffolk, a population of some 10000.
  • It currently has 14 beds offering post-op and post-stroke rehabilitation, admission from home for some acute medical conditions, palliative and end-of-life care, along with occupational therapy, physiotherapy, blood transfusions, medical & nursing assessments.
  • A range of outpatient clinics operate including orthopaedics, podiatry, phlebotomy, gynaecology, dermatology, ophthalmic, continence, dietetics, psychology & CBT, chronic fatigue, bladder & prostate, leg ulcer and ENT.
  • The Rayner Green Resource Centre next to the Hospital offers day care for, mainly elderly, people with a range of health and social care needs.
  • Several voluntary groups use the excellent facilities including support for alcoholics and the Parkinson’s Disease Society.
  • The Cutlers Hill Surgery is adjacent to the Hospital offering GP, community nursing, health visitor, community midwifery and dispensing services.

The excellent work of the Hospital was mentioned in Parliamentary debate on 28 June 2011. Truly a Health Village for the people of the Halesworth area.