Malmesbury League of Friends (MLOF) has recently paid for two new items of medical equipment for use at the Tolsey Surgery in Sherston.
It has paid approximately £1,000 for an INR machine to monitor the warfarin levels in patients receiving this medication to reduce blood clotting. And it has donated £1,500 towards a new defibrillator, the 13th it has paid for in local villages.
Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) have been described as the single most important development in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. Designed for use by untrained lay persons, they have improved the outcomes of literally thousands of people who have suffered from cardiac arrests.
MLOF has previously purchased items of medical equipment not available on the NHS for the Tolsey Surgery, as well as supporting the Malmesbury Primary Care Centre and deserving local charities and needy individuals.
Andrew Kolenda, the Tolsey practice manager, said: “ Once again, we are most grateful for the support from MLOF, whose help is much appreciated by everyone here and by our patients in Sherston.”
MLOF chairman David Hide said: “ We are delighted to have helped towards the installation of a new defibrillator and the ING machine in Sherston. Supporting our two local practices has always been our No1 priority.”