League of Friends donating vital equipment to hospital

League of Friends donation SUS-170222-101535001
League of Friends donation SUS-170222-101535001

Medical equipment worth nearly £290,000 has been pledged by the League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital for the benefit of local patients.

The charity’s general committee approved nine requests by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust at its meeting last Thursday.

The sum exceeds the League’s total giving for 2016 and marks a turn-around in its relationship with the Trust.

League chairman Cllr Stuart Earl told Trust chairman David Clayton-Smith and chief executive Dr Adrian Bull at a meeting last year that the charity’s work was being hampered by lack of Trust requests for equipment.

Last Thursday’s meeting had included two hours of presentations by Trust officers to explain their bids. At its conclusion Cllr Earl told colleagues: “We’ve had a busy meeting – but a fruitful one.”

The equipment the League will purchase includes:

*Three Stryker Eye Surgery Stretchers for the Bexhill Ophthalmic Day Unit costing £14,596.

*A £1,518 electrically-adjustable ante and post-natal treatment couch for Bexhill Health Centre

*81,616 for two IOL Master 700 eye biometry measuring machines for the Bexhill Ophthalmic Day Unit.

*A £765.10 Clini-Cart Trolley for the Bexhill Ophthalmic Day Unit.

*A £6,072 Hover Jack Air Patient Lift System and Flatlift for the Bexhill Ophthalmic Day Unit

*£226 for a Pocketscope Ophthalmoscope and Litman Classic II Paediatric Stethoscope for the Maternity/Community Midwives Department at Bexhill Health Centre.

*£138,973 for three OCT scanners for the Bexhill Ophthalmic Unit.

*An offer to meet half the cost of purchasing a wheelchair platform, bariatric bench and specialised headrest for the Arthur Blackman Clinic at St Leonards if the League of Friends of the Conquest Hospital meets the other half of the estimated £36,000 cost.

*Sharing the £53,414 cost of an Orthopaedic Operating Table for the Conquest Hospital with the Conquest League.

League committee members were given opportunity to test the wheelchair platform and bariatric bench during a presentation by Leona Toner of the emergency dental service.

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