Roxburghe House physiotherapist Ruth Paterson was chatting to Friends committee member Gordon Robertson, when she asked if Friends could provide bags for patients’ syringe driver pump.

Portable syringe driver pumps are used in palliative care to deliver a continuous subcutaneous infusion of medication over 24 hours. The idea was to provide a bag that patients in the ward could use to pop the pump into.

The network sprang into action and Friends were there to help, as the aunt of Gordon’s wife, Muriel Cattanach offered to lend a hand.

She has created 40 bags so far, in a range of colours and designs. Fellow Friends Anne Brown and Fiona Leslie completed the production line.