ILKESTON Community Hospital has been kitted out with two new operating tables – worth £38,000 – paid for by its hard-working fundraising group.
The shoulder operation tables are the latest additions to the Heanor Road hospital to save Ilkeston outpatients from having to travel to Nottingham and Derby for treatment.
The League of Friends group, which raises money for the hospital through special events, donated enough money to buy the tables outright.
Head of outpatients services in Derbyshire, Trish Bailey, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of the League of Friends. They couldn’t be more helpful with things at the hospital.
“We are working quite closely with the league to provide more facilities at Ilkeston so that people don’t have to trek to Nottingham, and Derby and encounter problems there with parking.”
The tables are designed to cause minimum discomfort to the patient but make operating on shoulders much easier for the surgeon.
One was used for the first time on Friday May 6 by consultant surgeon Tim Cresswell in the diagnostic treatment unit (DTC), witnessed by league chairman Mike Perry.
He said: “I was profoundly impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the staff in the DTC.
“The league was proud and privileged to be able to contribute the necessary funds to this facility for the benefit of the communities Ilkeston serves.”
The tables, which carry an engraved plaque commemorating the League’s gesture, make Ilkeston one of only three community hospitals in the UK where certain shoulder operations can be carried out.