Hospital’s best year ever for donations

Consultant surgeon Lancet Hogg and one of his theatre staff at Ilkeston Community Hospital after using the new equipment for arthritis.
Consultant surgeon Lancet Hogg and one of his theatre staff at Ilkeston Community Hospital after using the new equipment for arthritis.

The group which raises funds for Ilkeston’s hospital says that its latest round of donations – totalling more than £100,000 – is its biggest ever.

This weekend there will be a chance for townsfolk to see the brand new equipment at the Heanor Road hospital, which has been paid for by The League of Friends, at its annual Christmas Bazaar.

New equipment to help arthritis sufferers at Ilkeston Community Hospital.

New equipment to help arthritis sufferers at Ilkeston Community Hospital.

In the wake of the donations, League chairman Mike Perry has made a plea to townsfolk to use their local hospital rather than travel to Derby or Nottingham.

“If they don’t use it we can’t justify the increase in staffing at Ilkeston,” he explained.

“And we can help to reduce the waiting times at the big hospitals.

“We want patients to encourage their GPs to refer them to Ilkeston where possible to use these new fantastic resources.”

In what Mike said is one of the biggest ever years for donations, £43,000 has been spent on new equipment at the Diagnostic and Treatment Centre (DTC).

Some of the other A foot locking plate, costing £5,800, was presented to the operating theatre to help arthritis sufferers.

And a further £21,000 is to be spent on a new opthalmic machine for eye surgery, £20,000 is to be spent on extra equipment for the DTC and other spends this year push the total over £100,000.

Much of the money came from the sale of a bungalow left to the League in a former Ilkeston hospital patient’s will last year.

Mike added: “League of Friends volunteers work tirelessly at raising funds in order to purchase the most up-to-date equipment for the Hospital which benefits both patients and staff. They are very grateful for all donations, large

or small, and for the support given by the local community at events such as the Christmas Bazaar. Please join us this weekend.”

The Christmas Bazaar at Ilkeston Community Hospital on Saturday (November 30) is a free event, open from 1pm.

Santa will be there, along with entertainment, including a puppet show, and carol concert from Granby school pupils.

The DTC will be open and staff on hand to show people the new equipment donated by the League.