The Master and brethren of St John and St Pauls lodge number 615 and The Masonic Province of West Kent are delighted to have assisted Darent Valley Hospital in the fully funded purchase of a much needed new piece of equipment – The Accuvein.

This machine (pictured) makes light work of the sometimes difficult process of vein location. This can be especially useful in the treatment of cancer patients and others in regular need of intravenous treatment whose skin may not be so resilient.

The Provincial Grand Master of The Province of West Kent received a hands on demonstration from Ward Sister Angela Ridyard of how easy it now is to non-invasively identify a vein,  and nurses Julie and Fatima then explained how this piece of kit is already making the lives of their patients more comfortable and less stressful.

The Charity Steward of St John and St Pauls lodge explained how pleased they were to receive the match-funding (£2000) from West Kent to achieve the required total of £4000 to make the purchase of this machine a reality.

Quote from Darent Valley Cintia Bailey                                                                                         

Senior Communications Officer Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

We are extremely grateful to St John and St Paul’s Lodge 615 and the Province of West Kent for their continued support of Valley Hospital Charity in purchasing a second Accuvein Finder to aid accurate vein location and reduced discomfort for patients at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

We are delighted that the Masons are already fundraising for another Accuvein for Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust based at Queen Mary’s Hospital site.