|The Medical Launch is now entering its 26th year of service and was
established (in furtherance of health and the relief of poverty, distress
and sickness) amongst the community of the Isles of Scilly in order to
provide a means of transport, enabling individuals such as doctors, clergymen,
police, teachers, officials of the local authority and school children
to better serve the off-island committees in the Isles of Scilly.
Since its inception the use of the medical launch has evolved. Although
from the beginning, as the name suggests and the original trust deed indicates,
the launch’s role was mainly for medical services, this has become its
sole function. Increasing use by medical personnel (such as taking doctors
to off-islands for both routine surgeries and in emergencies, routine visits
by the district nurse, health visitor, mid wives and patient transport)
together with the other services acquiring their own transport has led
to today’s truly "medical" launch.
Our main challenge during the forthcoming year is the increasingly urgent
need to replace the present vessel and thus this looks to be the beginning
of a few years of hard fund raising to achieve this. In our review of the
financial status of the Trust we noted the significant contribution made
by the islands General Practitioners and the Community Healthcare Trust,
but have revised a scale of charges for other users.