Community – 2015
Making a Difference
Medi Tech Trust, which has already donated medical equipment worth over £½ million, was awarded a grant of nearly £10,000 lottery funding to launch a project in 2016 called Advancing Healthcare Education in the Community.
Building on the diligent efforts of Eastbourne’s GPs and community staff, MTT hoped that the project made a positive difference to the local community’s healthcare lifestyle by explaining – in ‘non-medical speak’ – reasons why simple yet positive lifestyle changes can benefit us all.
MTT organised a series of short presentations given by local medical professionals to the public. Admission was free, with information leaflets for those who attended any of 20+ topics that had been selected. Venues included surgeries, community centres and other meeting places. Further information was available at the time on our website www.meditechtrust.org
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How the Project worked
MTT organised a series of short PowerPoint presentations given by local medical professionals to members of the public:
• Over 20 topics had been selected, with others under consideration
• A target of 20 morning, afternoon or evening hour-long sessions had been planned
• Each session comprised 2-3 presentations with audience Q&A participation
• Each presentation was of 10-15 minutes duration
• Surgeries, community centres and other meeting places were used as venues
• Admission was free, as only a public audience was needed for the project to succeed
Prior to each session:
• Display posters were delivered to all surgeries, community centres and libraries
• Our lottery funded projector, screen and IT equipment was set up in advance
• Information leaflets were printed to hand to all attendees
• Members of the public were invited to suggest other relevant topics
The launch of our Advancing Healthcare Education in the Community Project was at 6.15 pm on 23 September 2015 at the Postgraduate Lecture Theatre, Eastbourne DGH, Kings Drive. The hour long programme included two short presentations by Dr Mike Williams on Oral Health & Dr. Steve Rochester on Resuscitation
View/download our Launch flyer here.