A unit at a Gosport hospital has been reopened in memory of one of its most dedicated supporters.
Gosport War Memorial Hospital’s endoscopy unit has been renamed the Mary Tyrrell Endoscopy Suite following a refurbishment in which it received £164,000 of new equipment.
Mrs Tyrrell, who died in 2013 aged 91, was responsible for most of the £82,000 the hospital’s League of Friends donated to the unit.
Dr Amanda Quine, consultant gastroenterologist and clinical director, thanked the League of Friends for its support and said the group had gone from ‘strength to strength’.
Dr Quine said: ‘It’s so much more than armchairs and toasters. The League of Friends has helped us to buy high-tech equipment. We’re overwhelmed by the generosity and support that we’ve had over the last 10 years.
‘Mary’s legacy has helped enable the refurbishment of the endoscopy unit which has meant that it has secured its future for years to come.
It’s so much more than armchairs and toastersDr Amanda Quine
‘This refurbishment means that we can retain our national certification for endoscopy units.’
The equipment includes an updated endoscopy light source and processor, two endoscopes and a portable suction machine.
Mrs Tyrrell was part of the League of Friends for 52 years and served as honorary secretary. She was made an MBE for her volunteer work and was also the deputy head of Rowner School.
League of Friends chairwoman Brenda Sharp said: ‘She loved this hospital and we feel this is a very fitting memorial to her.
‘Every Christmas Day she did a ward visit and spoke to all the patients.
‘She called it our hospital and she always was determined to make a difference.’
Mrs Sharp said Mrs Tyrrell led a fight against a plan to close the hospital in the 1980s.
Dr Quine said she hoped Mrs Tyrrell’s memory would help inspire others to get involved in the League of Friends.
She said: ‘It’s an incredibly important part of our community.’
and something I hope more people will get involved with.’