Donation from the councillor big society fund gives eye clinic a new look

From left: Chariman of the Friends of Stamford Hospital Dr Mike Dronfield,visual field technician Jackie Wilkinson, associate specialist in opthamology Dr Linda McInerney, visual field technician Anne Chuter, head of volunteers Trish Mason, Coun Martin Trollope-Bellew, deputy sister Jo Currier and Coun David Brailsford
From left: Chariman of the Friends of Stamford Hospital Dr Mike Dronfield,visual field technician Jackie Wilkinson, associate specialist in opthamology Dr Linda McInerney, visual field technician Anne Chuter, head of volunteers Trish Mason, Coun Martin Trollope-Bellew, deputy sister Jo Currier and Coun David Brailsford
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AN EYE clinic has been revitalised thanks to a £2,000 donation from councillors.

Lincolnshire county councillors David Brailsford (Con), representing Stamford West, and Martin Trollope-Bellew (Con), representing Stamford Rural, have both given £1,000 of their councillor big society fund to the Friends of Stamford Hospital.

The money, which came from councillors’ decision to waive increases in their allowances, allowed the Friends to buy state-of-the-art new visual examination and analysis equipment for the hospital’s eye clinic.

It also paid for a separate, self-contained room for the clinic which previously shared space with the plaster room.

Deputy sister Jo Currier said: “It now gives us a far more private environment for eye patients. Privacy is very important for patients to be able to discuss any problems more openly with the doctor or nurse who is treating them.”

The clinic is open every weekday and is seeing an increased number of people according to matron Susan Brooks.

She added: “Proper eye treatment is vital for everybody, but older people and children tend to have particular needs.

“Our ability to treat them locally, without their needing to go to Peterborough, can save them travelling time and expense and reduce the need for carers to transport, and time off school. Last year we saw 4,500 eye clinic patients and expect this figure to rise this year.”

Chairman of the Friends Dr Michael Dronfield thanked the councillors for choosing to support the hospital.