Africa medical gear appeal at GP surgery

Laura Clarke, receptionist at Littlewick Medical Centre, Ilkeston, with boxes of donated medical supplies ready to be sent to Africa by charity Inter Care.
Laura Clarke, receptionist at Littlewick Medical Centre, Ilkeston, with boxes of donated medical supplies ready to be sent to Africa by charity Inter Care.

An Ilkeston GP surgery is appealing to townsfolk to help its drive to help millions of Africans who go without basic medication.

Littlewick Medical Centre sent off its first box of donated medical supplies – worth more than £200 – earlier this year, but more are needed for the next shipment.

The boxes, containing strips of tablets in original packaging, unused inhalers, injections which do not require refrigeration, creams, eye drops, ointments, dressings and bandages, are dispatched by Leicestershire-based Inter Care.

So far the charity has supported 121 health units across Africa, sending more than £11m of medical aid.

Practice director at the surgery, Diane Perry, said: “Littlewick needs your help to support Inter Care further. Please feel free to drop off any unused medicines or supplies to Littlewick Medical Centre.”

All medicines need at least 15 months’ shelf life. The charity cannot accept controlled drugs, glass bottles, liquids, incomplete strips of tablets, catheter products and used syringes.