Patients needing brain and spinal surgery at Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre have benefited from the extraordinary generosity of golfers in Haywards Heath.
Players at the town’s golf club have raised nearly £25,000 towards the cost of a piece of vital equipment, which monitors nerve function during very delicate operations.
The NIM Eclipse can be used to ensure that further nerve damage does not occur in operations on patients who may have injured their spines in accidents or who suffer from brain or spinal tumours, for example.
Brian Gubbin, who chairs Hurstwood Park’s League of Friends was full of admiration for the amount raised by golfers over twelve months.
He said: “This was a great achievement by Haywards Heath Golf Club, led by Bruce Wheeler, gentleman’s captain and Karen Smith, ladies’ captain, to raise £24,308 in their year in office.
“A local club to support a local neurological centre is all credit to them and the Members of Haywards Heath Golf Club.”
The Middy reported last week that surgeons and staff at the centre, on the Princess Royal Hospital campus, face changes in the coming months, with plans to move emergency brain surgery to Brighton by Easter to support the major trauma unit.
Staff are understood to be unhappy about the fragmentation of the service. If you work at Hurstwood Park, please let us know your views on the proposed changes. Email: dianne.jones
Caption: Kelly Doughton, senior staff nurse, and Helen Beckett, theatre sister with Bruce Wheeler, the gentelman’s captain, Karen Smith, the ladies’ captain, neuro-surgeon John Norris and chairman of the League of Friends, Brian Gubbin.