Coroavirus March 2020
We are doing all we can to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Please do not come for your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, including fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. This is to protect our clients and staff. Thank you.
Recruiting New Podiatrists
Thanks to a grant from the Berkshire Community Fund, QVI is expanding its services, including two new satellite clinics in Whitley and Tilehurst. We are therefore recruiting one or two podiatrists to work on a self-employed basis commencing in March/April 2020.
The clinics QVI are seeking to cover are as follows;
3 half day weekly clinics at St John’s Road Tuesday pm, Wednesday am and Wednesday pm
1 six weekly three hour clinic in Lower Caversham
1 six weekly three hour clinic in Whitley
1 six weekly three hour clinic in Tilehurst
A number of domiciliary visits in various parts of Reading and Earley
To apply you will need to be a qualified podiatrist with a BSc in Podiatry (or equivalent) and HCPC registered.
Payment: £20-23 per hour (on submission of monthly invoices).
Podiatrists will have access to a receptionist/booking service, secretarial support, use of an autoclave and the opportunity to purchase competitively priced supplies.
For further information, please contact Alison Tinsley
Alternatively please call Alison on 0118 402 7771
Interviews will take place from w/c 17th February 2020
QVI Chiropody Clinic Closure - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
It is with deep regret that QVI Trustees have decided that in the light of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, foot health care services provided by QVI should be suspended indefinitely with effect from Monday 23rd March 2020.
This decision follows government advice (16/03/2020) that those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) should be particularly stringent in social distancing measures. People aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions) and those under 70 with an underlying health condition are considered to be at increased risk. The majority of our patients for whom we provide foot health care services fall into this category.
Government advice on social distancing is that everyone, but particularly those most vulnerable, should reduce social interaction except when needing to access essential services. Under these circumstances it is impossible for us to continue to provide our services without putting staff and patients at risk.
QVI is a charity reliant mainly on patient fees. The current situation places an enormous burden on our finances and we are uncertain as to how long this situation will continue. However, we sincerely hope that at some point in the future we will once again be able to provide high quality professional foot care services.
We would like to thank patients, staff and foot health professionals for your commitment and loyalty over the years and wish you all good health at this difficult time.
Queen Victoria Institute Fund Trustees
£200 raised from Asda's Green Tokens
Thank you to everyone who shopped at Asda in Lower Earley and voted for QVI in this summer's green token scheme.
We were delighted to receive a cheque for £200 from Natalie Lambden, Asda's Community Life Champion. The money will go towards clinic improvements for the benefit of our patients and staff.
We provide over 5,000 foot health care treatments a year at our central Reading clinic, satellite clinics at the CResCent Centre in Lower Earley, and the Weller Centre in Caversham, and through home visits. Our fundraising this year has enabled us to replace old furniture and equipment in our reception and treatment areas.
From L to R: Urszula Orzel (Foot Health Professional) Natalie Lambden (Asda Community Life Champion) Beryl Prescott (QVI patient) Clair Price (Foot Heath Professional) Jacqueline Kendrick (Deputy Clinic Manager).
Christine Borgars QVI Trustee
Friends and colleagues were sad to hear of the recent death of Christine Borgars.
Christine was a longstanding Trustee and Chair of QVI, having originally been nominated by Reading Borough Council to serve on the QVI Board in 2006. It was a time of financial difficulty for the organisation and she played a key role in reviewing the charity's investments to bring much needed stability and enable QVI to grow.
Christine was an active volunteer with a wide range of organisations, serving her community selflessly and with great energy. Her networking skills and positive approach meant that she was able to find a way of solving many of QVI's problems in the delivery of its services. Typical examples included, bringing in professional financial advice (Holy Brooke Associates): getting good quality furniture for free from Field Seymour Parkes; sourcing advice about pension schemes, and providing direct IT support
Christine was also a patient at the clinic and knew from personal experience the importance of good foot health care in providing comfort and mobility. She was a great advocate of the services we provide. Her contribution to QVI is greatly appreciated and she will be sadly missed.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £2,000 by the Shanly Foundation. The donation will be used to purchase high quality seats with sturdy and safe armrests.
Our elderly clients have been very patient waiting for their appointments seated on outdated benches. The absence of armrests caused them to struggle when attempting to stand or sit. The new healthcare standard seats are made from antimicrobial fabrics and components that respect fire retardancy requirements, ensuring our patients are safe and comfortable. Furthermore, we will be adding curtains to brighten up the treatment areas and a sturdy cupboard for our autoclave steriliser.
Our grateful thanks to the Shanly Foundation, which supports various groups and charities in the UK. Having generously donated over £13 million to thousands of local communities since its inception, the foundation has substantially impacted society and our organisation.
QVI needs your green tokens
Every year the ASDA Foundation donates £1.4 million to over 4000 local organisations through the Green Token Giving programme.
This year QVI has been chosen as one of the 3 contenders that could potentially earn the grand donation of £500. The investment would help refurbish the patient area, facilitating the unaided movement of patients within the premises. Helping the local elderly community is our primary responsibility, which entails providing the best possible environment for the patient.
We need your help to make this a reality. Next time you visit the Lower Earley ASDA store make sure to ask the cashier for the token, which you can then award to us!
QVI has a new look
QVI had all its printed information, leaflets, posters and appointment cards, and its website, re-vamped. We hope you like our new fresh look. QVI trustees and the clinic manager have been working with University of Reading Typography students (through the University’s ‘Real Jobs’ scheme) to re-design its printed and online information.
Cherise, Bryony and Lauren have given our out-dated and tired materials, a modern twist. Their design now properly reflects our professional service and gives our patients and prospective patients clearer information about what we offer. QVI is also very grateful to Reading Lions for a grant of £500 towards the cost of printing.
If you would like printed copies of our leaflets and posters please get in touch with us or download a pdf version here.
Photo caption: UoR Typography students, Bryony Horne, Lauren Quinn and Cherise Brooker who re-designed QVI’s marketing materials