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Care UK donations help patient safety in developing countries

Care UK’s Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre has donated four anaesthetic machines to a medical development charity that will help charities and hospitals in Africa to carry out surgery more safely and effectively.

The equipment donated to Medical Aid International.
The equipment donated to Medical Aid International.
PRLog - Jul. 7, 2014 - COLCHESTER, U.K. -- The initiative was the inspiration of junior doctor Jodie Sage and her mother Angela, the ward clerk at the treatment centre (http://www.careuk.com/shepton-mallet-nhs-treatment-centre) in Somerset. Jodie, who recently qualified and is about to take up her first residency at Dorset County Hospital, spent two weeks during her training working in the Nanyuki Cottage Hospital in the Laikipia district of the Rift Valley in Kenya. The hospital only had one anaesthetic machine, causing problems in scheduling operations.

Angela said: “When I found out we had four machines that were no longer needed for our centre I immediately asked Jodie if she could think how they could be used. She put the centre in touch with Medical Aid International (MAI) who specialise in getting a vast range of medical equipment to the right medics in a country.”

The machines donated by Care UK are currently being serviced before they are sent out to hospitals in Zimbabwe, including to a new charity orthopaedic hospital where they will increase the frequency and safety of surgery.

The charity’s managing director, Tim Beacon, said: “We were absolutely delighted to receive these anaesthetic machines and the two monitors. They are absolutely perfect for this project. Some of the surgery that will be undertaken on adults and children is very complex and so the need to have high quality anaesthetic machines in a good condition is very important.

“Machines have a natural life cycle in the UK but this donation is amazingly kind and is a very effective form of recycling. We wish more hospitals would follow Care UK’s forward thinking example. It saves the charities we work with enormous amounts of money; money that can instead be used for patient care.”

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