AN incredible £87,000 has been raised by Friends of Solihull Hospital to buy a brand new laparoscopic camera.
The hi-tech kit will be used for hundreds of keyhole surgery operations ranging from orthopaedics, and urology to general surgery.
Rosemary Parker, main theatres senior sister at Solihull Hospital, said: “We are so thankful for this donation. This machine will mean many benefits to our patients, including smaller operations - resulting in less pain, fewer complications such as infection, smaller scars, an earlier discharge from hospital.”
The funds were raised throughout last year at events organised by the Friends from fish and chip suppers to the summer fete.
Liz Steventon, FOSH secretary, said: “This is a significant boost for Solihull Hospital, and is brilliant news for patients and staff using the machine.
“We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us, including staff, volunteers and members of the public.”
The group is already looking to their next fund raising target - £38,000 by the summer - to buy Solihull Hospital’s Eye Clinic a machine to detect macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
For more information about the Friends or to make a donation, contact Liz on 07909 912 525.