The board of the False Bay Hospital Trust (FBHT) believes the sky is the limit in providing care for local patients. Members have embarked on a drive to raise funds to improve care at False Bay Hospital. “The fundraising project, dubbed the Blue Sky project, will look to make the hospital more eco-friendly,” says FBHT board member Felicity Purchase.The FBHT is a separate entity from the provincial hospital. The hospital currently offers outpatient services, an antenatal clinic, midwifery, dentistry, psychiatry, optometry and counselling, a pharmacy, dietetics, physiotherapy and an emergency centre service.On average 9000 patients are treated by the hospital each month, with the emergency centre seeing around 3000 patients. The hospital has a bed occupancy rate of up to 95%.The funds raised will be used to access ground water as a backup to the municipal supply, as well as for rain harvesting. The FBHT is also considering the benefits of solar electricity generation and the establishment of a vegetable garden for hospital use.One of the FBHT’s future plans is the establishment of a tea garden on hospital property for patients and visitors.“The vision is to massively improve our 24-hour services, which will include raising funds to improve the emergency centre, expansion of services in the X- ray department, on-site laboratory services which will improve patient service and safety, and a detox facility and isolation wards,” says Purchase.They also aspire to build a specialist wing for visiting consultants, with the equipment needed for their specialty, focusing on dermatology, dental, ENT, psychiatry and orthopaedics.They also hope to raise funds to develop a community health and lifestyle education centre, where nurses will focus on the prevention of illnesses through early diagnosis. V For more information call Felicity Purchase on 083 629 0829, Charles Maisel on 072487 6775 or Des Read on 076 765 3364.