July 31, 2017

Ryde district residents undergoing orthopaedic procedures will have their surgery on a new, highly-specialised traction bed thanks to a generous donation from the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.

The club – already one of Ryde Hospital's biggest supporters, having donated $104,825 since 2013 – kicked in $50,000 to make sure the local community had access to the best orthopaedic surgery table.

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Club general manager Chris McCarthy said the board of directors was pleased to be able to donate the funds towards the new orthopaedic bed on behalf of the members of Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.

"We understand the hospital has budget limitations and competing priorities, and has to allocate available funding to the area of most need," Mr McCarthy said.

"That means there is not always enough funding for everything.

"The hospital asked the local community to pitch in and as our club is an integral part of the local community, the board had no hesitation in approving a substantial donation that will no doubt benefit many club members and their families in the years to come."

Ryde Hospital site manager Matthew Noone welcomed the generous gift which will mainly be used for repairing broken hips and legs.

"This is a fantastic donation and a boon to the hospital as we continue to provide the best possible health care to our community," Mr Noone said.

PICTURE: Ryde Hospital operating suite nurse manager Karen Jones tries out the new orthopaedic bed under the "supervision" of her colleague Felicity MacDonald and (left to right) Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club general manager Chris McCarthy, president Jim McClymont, director Allen Douglas and vice-president Dennis Petkovich.