New equipment at St Cross may attract top surgeons

Hospital staff Danielle Loydall, Derrick Hammond and Alan Williams. Photo by Bob Mercer.
Hospital staff Danielle Loydall, Derrick Hammond and Alan Williams. Photo by Bob Mercer.
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Surgeons and theatre staff at St Cross have taken delivery of equipment most hospitals can’t afford – and which may attract top surgeons.

The specialist patient supports are for use in hip operations. They are attached to either side of the operating table and are used to hold patients securely on their side in order to minimise any risk of movement during an operation.

The supports, donated by the Friends of St Cross, were manufactured to meet designs and specifications set by the team at the hospital.

Senior operating department practitioner Derrick Hammond said: “This is the sort of equipment that surgeons would like to have but cannot normally afford.

“Having these supports available at St Cross will help attract top surgeons to the hospital.”

The Friends aim to raise £60,000 for new blood-taking facilities at the hospital. The appeal coincides with the charity’s 60th anniversary and has raised more than £40,000 so far.

Colleague Danielle Loydall added: “We are so grateful for all the support that the hospital receives from the Friends of St Cross that I hope to pull together a team to run in the Wolf Run in the summer to show our appreciation and raise some money for the Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal.”

Mark Kemp, deputy operations director for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, said: “The trust is committed to expanding services at the Hospital of St Cross which is a growing centre for elective surgery for the trust.

“Approximately 70 per cent of all elective hip and knee replacements are carried out in Rugby. We have plans to expand other services at St Cross including an increase in the number of cataract operations.

“The many donations of equipment and voluntary services, such as Helping Hands in theatres, which the Friends of St Cross provide, are some of the key enablers for this expansion and we are most grateful for all the support that the charity provides.”

To find out about many other donations and voluntary services provided by the Friends of St Cross, visit www.fsx.org.uk