Vital eye equipment donated to hospital

Medical equipment presentation

Medical equipment presentation

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State-of-the-art medical equipment has been donated to Clitheroe Community Hospital.

Thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the Friends of Clitheroe Community Hospital, an automated visual field’s machine, a slit lamp machine, an ophthalmoscope and a new pachymeter (a medical device used to measure the thickness of the eye’s cornea) has been thankfully received by the hospital’s ophthalmology department.

Mrs Brenda Dixon, Chairman of the Friends of Clitheroe Community Hospital, said the technology will enable eye patients to be treated in town rather than having to travel to surrounding hospitals.

She added: “For many years The Friends have supported our local hospital. This has been possible largely as a result of gifts and bequests made by the people of Clitheroe and the surrounding Ribble Valley area.

“The vital medical equipment donated will help hospital staff provide care closer to home for the people of the Ribble Valley, thus saving the time, cost and, not least, the inconvenience of having to travel out of the area.”

A presentation was held on Friday and the new goods were handed over to Dr Shanker, Consultant Ophthalmologist and his team of specialists. A spokesman for Clitheroe Hospital said: “The Ophthalmology Department are very grateful for the equipment that has been donated. We are excited this will also help us to expand and develop the eye clinic by providing much-needed fields testing appointments in the near future here at the hospital.”