MEDICAL staff at a hospital are calling on people and businesses to help them raise £10,000 to help create a nicer environment for patients and visitors.

Staff on the Clinical Assessment, Triage and Treatment (CATT) ward at Harrogate District Hospital are raising the money for new bedside lockers for the storage of patients’ medication and their personal belongings.

Replacing the old lockers with new models is designed to give staff easier access to important medical equipment on the wall at the bedside and is also intended to create a nicer environment for patients and visitors.

The ward is a busy medical admissions unit which cares for people being admitted through the emergency department, or straight from their GP.

Local businesses have already donated gifts for a fundraising raffle towards the cause, which include days out, experiences and meals and a bake sale is due to take place at Harrogate District Hospital’s main entrance today (Wednesday, September 26).

The team are also planning a sponsored walk and are currently planning out a unique, safe route.

Claire Wells, trainee nursing associate on CATT, stated: “We’re a team who works really closely together for the benefit of our patients, providing high quality care for local people.

“However, our environment needs enhancing and that’s why we’re putting so much effort into our fundraising. The more support we have the quicker we can raise the money needed to help to improve our patient environment. Please get involved if you’re able to.

“We are proud of our team on CATT and we work together to give care that we can be proud of. We are also proud to work at Harrogate District Hospital and have had great support from Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity.”

If anyone would like to donate to the campaign, there is a donation box on the ward, on the first floor of the Strayside Wing at Harrogate District Hospital. Alternatively, people can text HEAL58 followed by a space then either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.

People can also donate online at;