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A total of £3,505 was raised, huge thanks to everyone involved!

A new piece of equipment at Dorset County Hospital will allow faster patient care.

The Friends of DCH recently purchased a tonometer for the Emergency Department.

 A tonometer measures eye pressure and is hand-held. The new equipment will allow patients to have their eye pressures checked, which in turn will facilitate eye referrals from the Emergency Department.

 Manager of the Friends of DCH, Sharon Merritt, along with volunteers Sue Mason and Patrick Hansford paid a visit to the Emergency Department to see how the equipment worked first hand.

 Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Alistair Downton, said the equipment cost around £3,000 and would bring a significant benefit to the department. He said: “We’re really grateful to the Friends for this new equipment.”

 Sue Mason, Friends of DCH Secretary, said: “We’re really glad to have been able to donate this equipment to the Emergency Department. As a charity, the Friends run the hospital shop and raise money through various events to help fund extra equipment that will benefit the hospital and its patients. Departments in the hospital are able to submit requests to the Friends, and then the Trustees meet once a month to discuss what we can fund and what we can’t. This new eye equipment is a great addition to the Emergency Department.”

She added: “We have a dedicated fundraising team who organise events throughout the year.

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