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THE North Devon District Hospital League of Friends has presented a state-of-the-art monitor to hospital staff. The �12,650 Oesophegeal Doppler Monitor measures blood flow and fluid requirements during major surgery and will help improve patients surviva

THE North Devon District Hospital League of Friends has presented a state-of-the-art monitor to hospital staff.

The �12,650 Oesophegeal Doppler Monitor measures blood flow and fluid requirements during major surgery and will help improve patients' survival chances and post-operation recovery time.

"This is the first machine of its type in North Devon," said consultant anaesthetist Dr Colin Colville.

"By monitoring patients' fluid levels during surgery, we can generally reduce recovery times by around two days.


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"The machine will be used daily and we are extremely thankful to the League of Friends for their support."

Despite no longer having a presence in the hospital, the League still has around 600 members and continues to raise money by holding events such as bingos, coffee mornings, raffles and luncheon clubs.

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In April this year, supporters presented a �30,000 state-of-the-art scanner to the Intensive Care Unit at North Devon District Hospital. League of Friends chairman Doris Dibble said that the League had donated more than �2million worth of equipment to the hospital during the last 30 years.

Mrs Dibble said: "Now we are no longer in the hospital it is a lot harder to buy equipment because we are raising money outside and through smaller events.

"We used to raise more than �100,000 a year but that has now fallen dramatically; last year we raised just �2,500.

"But we're still going and raising money to buy more equipment for the hospital. We'd be grateful to receive any donations and any individuals or organisations that would be interested in raising money on the League's behalf, please get in touch."

Anyone who would like to help, make a donation or find out more can contact Doris Dibble on (01271) 342933.

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