PLANS for a refurbishment set to improve the experience of patients at Crewkerne Community Hospital received a £140,000 boost on Monday.
The Crewkerne Hospital League of Friends announced it had agreed to fund the works to the rehabilitation department of the physiotherapy unit – thanks to the generosity of its supporters.
The refurbishment will create a separate space for inpatients, so that they do not find themselves sitting next to outpatients when they access the hospital's services.
Outpatients will have their own entrance to the unit next door so staff can still access both areas easily.
The works are scheduled to start soon and are planned to finish by Christmas.
Patients will be seen in nearby Chard Community Hospital or South Petherton while the works are under way.
Edward Colgan, chief executive of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: "I would like to offer my thanks to the Crewkerne Hospital League of Friends.
"This is wonderful news for our patients.
"Separating the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services will given patients more privacy and greatly improve the comfort and dignity of patients at Crewkerne Community Hospital.
"I want to pay tribute to the League of Friends who raised these funds, and to thank the local community who gave so generously to this good cause. "This money means we can fast-track the building works for the benefit of our patients."
Ron Bond, chairman of the Crewkerne League of Friends, said: "We are delighted with the plans and are pleased to say that through the generosity of our many supporters, who have made bequests, donations and gifts, we are able to fund this project in its entirety.
"This will create much needed and improved facilities and safeguard the future of the Hospital.
"We have pledged £140,000 to fund this project.
"This has not prevented us from continuing to provide much-needed equipment to the hospital and during this year we have spent almost £18,000 on items ranging from special mattresses to toys to keep younger visitors to the hospital amused.
"We have also been able to make donations of more than £6,000 to local health related community organisations.
"We eagerly await completion of the improved facilities at the end of this year.
"Finally I would like to thank our many loyal supporters and to reassure them that their money is being put to very good use."
He said that he hoped to see supporters and friends at the Hospital fete on September 14.
The Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a wide range of integrated community health, mental health, learning disability and social care services.