Fracture clinic supported after chance hospital conversation
A chance conversation in West Suffolk Hospital’s fracture clinic has led to a donation of £900 and the purchase of a wheelchair and car seat for young orthopaedic patients.
The two pieces of equipment for the hospital’s orthopaedic department and fracture clinic were funded thanks to the generosity of Thetford Rotary Club and the Thetford Inner Wheel.
But the idea behind the donation actually came about last year when local resident Marian de Bass was a patient.
She explained: “I broke my ankle last August and I was in the plaster room at West Suffolk Hospital when I heard them talking about fundraising.
“I spoke to the staff and they told me they were fundraising for equipment for when children have operations on their hips.
“My husband is a doctor and I was a nurse so I knew the importance of what they were talking about.”
After the care shown to her by hospital staff, Mrs de Bass said she knew she wanted to give something back.
She explained: “I was so impressed with the staff in the fracture clinic – they made a nightmare situation, personally, more bearable.
“Both the Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel like to fundraise for charities, both at home and overseas, and it was great to see our donations put to such good use.”
The equipment has already been used for the first time after two-year-old Olivia Ramsey underwent hip spica surgery.
Tonie-Marie Armstrong, orthopaedic paediatric nursing assistant at the hospital, said: “We are delighted with this generous donation from the Thetford Rotary Club and Thetford Inner Wheel.
“The equipment is crucial for our young patients who have undergone a hip operation. It will be loaned out to families so that the children can still be mobile and go about their normal daily life when in cast. “