HORDER Healthcare has said a big “thank you” to supporters and donors who helped raise £15,000 for its 2017 appeal.

It has been spent on a variety of items for the charity’s two specialist hospitals –The Horder Centre in Crowborough and The McIndoe Centre in East Grinstead.

The clinical staff believe the new items will make a big difference to patients’ experience and wellbeing.

The items include:

l A handheld device that illuminates veins making them easier to see for taking blood

l A machine that is used after knee replacement surgery to allow continuous movement and ensure the best outcome after surgery.

l A kit for measuring blood glucose in blood.

l Equipment for The Butterfly Scheme, which provides a system of hospital care for people living with dementia.

Rachel Dixon, operations director from Horder Healthcare, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our annual appeal which allows us to buy patient-focused items and extend our services.

“We are always so grateful for the donations we receive; every penny goes directly into improving the services we can provide for our patients.”

Horder Healthcare also has outreach centres in Tunbridge Wells, Seaford and Eastbourne.