Latest technology for hospital

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More than £4,000 has been spent on new equipment at Ilkeston Community Hospital.

The money was raised by the hospital’s League of Friends who say they are now able to equip the hospital’s physiotherapy department with the latest technology in therapeutic treatment.

The equipment includes a ‘motor med’ - a motor assisted exercise bike and hand exerciser.

The machine is part of a batch of equipment that has been purchased by the LOF as a result of a substantial donation by the Ilkeston Disabled Club, formerly of the Flamstead Centre.

Their chairman, Tom Cullen and his team were keen that when the club closed, the remaining funds were used to benefit disabled people.

The equipment will consist of bariatric plinths and ancillary items for patients with special requirements and who otherwise would have to travel to other medical centres for treatment.

Mike Perry, president of the LOF, said: “The new machine is part of a batch of equipment that we are providing to that department.

“We have also provided stairs for people to practice walking on. The machine is brand new and identifies problems accurately. I had an operation on my hip and it identifies that I had weakness in my right leg.

He added: “We have raised £100,000 in the last 18 months or so for equipment and will be buying items for the optometry clinic.”

Money is raised through donations, fundraising events and legacies.