Altnagelvin patients with severe chest illnesses have Derry woman Jean McAdoo to thank for a new state-of-the-art respiratory unit at the hospital.
Mrs McAdoo, from Ashburn Avenue in the city, donated £50,000 to Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke on the sole condition that the money was used at Altnagelvin.
The charity quickly agreed to the request and the result is a new three-bed unit on the respiratory ward where acutely ill patents needing non-invasive ventilation can be treated.
Gerard Guckian, the chairman of the Western Health Trust, said: “I would like to express my thanks an appreciation to Mrs McAdoo’s family and to NI Chest Heart and Stroke.
“Thanks to this generosity we have been able to provide a specially designed facility for more acutely ill respiratory patients.
“The provision of these refurbished areas in the respiratory ward will facilitate closer monitoring of these particularly sick patients by the clinical staff caring for them.
“Mrs McAdoo has left a legacy that will benefit patients in this ward for years to come.
Mrs McAdoo’s sister-in-law Margaret Corbett was at Altnagelvin to see the new unit this week and said that the unit was a fitting tribute to her.
“She was always a very charitable woman and it would have given her a lot of pleasure to know that her money was being put to such good use in this way,” she said.
“She was always a person who cared a great deal about others and I think that shows in the way she left so much money to charity, here and to four other deserving organisations.”