Barnstaple Hospital Friends come up trumps

Joseph Bulmer

A �30,000 state-of-the-art scanner has been presented to the Intensive Care Unit at North Devon District Hospital by the Barnstaple Hospital League of Friends. Despite no longer having a presence in the hospital, the league continues to raise money throug

A �30,000 state-of-the-art scanner has been presented to the Intensive Care Unit at North Devon District Hospital by the Barnstaple Hospital League of Friends.

Despite no longer having a presence in the hospital, the league continues to raise money through local events and support requests for equipment from departments.

ICU consultant Andrew Walder said the �29,780 small, mobile ultra sound scanner was one of the latest models and enabled staff to carry out a wide range of internal scans covering everything from major organs to nerves and blood vessels.

"Many units in the country don't have this facility, so we are right up there in providing a top class service for our patients," he said.

"We are extremely grateful and we certainly would not have this if it were not for the League of Friends."

The previous scanner is still of great use and has been transferred to the hospital A and E department.

League of Friends chairman Doris Dibble said it gave the particular pleasure to present the scanner to the ICU.

"This whole area does nothing but save lives and I think it's a brilliant department," she said.

"This money was raised whilst we were still in the hospital and unfortunately now it is a lot harder to buy such equipment because we are raising money outside and through smaller events.

"But we'd be grateful to receive donations because we are still working hard on behalf of the hospital."

The League of Friends has provided more than �2 million for the hospital over the years and continues to hold events such as a monthly luncheon club and bingo. Anyone who would like to help, make a donation or find out more can contact Doris Dibble on (01271) 342933.

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