News and Developments

The work that the hospital staff does and the support that the Comforts Fund gives is so greatly appreciated that it is often featured in news items in the local press and media.

The Sidmouth Herald newspaper gave extensive coverage about the hospital’s £5million rebuild. But more recently Sidmouth Hospital has been in the headlines for not such good news. The NEW Devon CCG proposes to remove all in-patient beds from the hospital.  More information can be found on the Sidmouth Herald newspaper website .

Look at this page to view the developments that will affect the hospital’s future. We will keep you updated wherever possible with the latest news.


Farewell to President Sheelagh Michelmore MBE

The Comforts Fund Trustees gave a very fond farewell to Sheelagh Michelmore MBE who retired after 63 years of dedicated commitment to the fund, a trustee since 1955 and president since 2000.

Under Sheelagh’s guidance the trustees and the local community raised millions of pounds for hospital improvements and for the extra comfort of patients and users of the hospital services. She oversaw many developments at the hospital including the construction of the hospital’s first physiotherapy building, and the subsequent multi-phase rebuilding of the hospital which was completed in 2014.  Sheelagh was awarded the MBE in 1976 in recognition of her huge commitment to charities located in the Sid Valley.

In honour of her retirement and to say thank you a small reception was held on 4 January 2018 at Sidmouth Hospital. Guests included Hugo Swire MP, local councilors Andrew Moulding, Ian McKenzie-Edwards, Stuart Hughes and a number of past and present trustees.

The trustees have welcomed councillor Mrs Frances Newth as their new president who will continue with the fantastic work that Sheelagh inspired during her 63 years with the Comforts Fund.

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