27 March 2017

Ryde Hospital has been able to upgrade its medical equipment thanks to two donations from the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.

The club recently raised $50,000 for a new operation traction table after already donating $54,100 for a portable ultrasound machine last year.

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​The operating traction table is used in orthopaedic surgeries to carefully position elderly patients during their procedures.

Ryde Hospital undertakes a high number of orthopaedic surgeries on elderly people and the new equipment is replacing an operating traction table that was at the end of its working life.

The Hospital’s Emergency Department was also able to replace their 10-year-old ultrasound machine last year with a brand new portable unit thanks to $54,100 donated by the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.

Ryde Hospital’s ED Director, Dr Peter Roberts said the ultrasound machine was an important piece of medical equipment.

"Every single day my team in the Emergency Department has a need for this machine," Dr said.

Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Manager Chris McCarthy said he was glad the club’s donation could make a difference to their local hospital.

"Ryde Hospital has been an important part of our community for the last century and we want to assist in ensuring it continues to provide that great service by helping pay for these important facilities," Mr McCarthy said.

"The majority of our club members live in the local area and a large number are also senior citizens, which means that the equipment would likely benefit many our members or their families at some point in the future.

"The Leagues Club also recognised the significant donation of $10,000 from the Ryde Hospital Pink Ladies who do a fantastic job for the local community," he said.