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RD&E Emergency Department donate equipment for school Malawi expedition


Pupils from St Peter’s School, Exeter, have recently collected a range of medical equipment from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital destined for St Andrew’s Hospital in rural Malawi.


28 pupils will deliver five cages worth of equipment to St Andrew’s during their 20-day annual expedition this July. 


Over the last 12 months the Emergency Department at the RD&E has been collecting out-of-date medical supplies that would otherwise be disposed of. The collection includes basic equipment like syringes, needles, gloves and catheters that are vitally needed but always in short supply at St Andrew’s.


James Moore from the Exeter Travel Health Clinic, and a former senior nurse in the ED, has helped identify equipment of most value to the Malawi hospital, having accompanied the St Peter’s expedition himself in 2013. 


Dr Gavin Lloyd, Consultant Emergency Physician said: “It is an absolute pleasure to see the hospital salvage materials that benefit patients in Malawi. The Emergency Department has already begun collecting material for the 2015 expedition and hope to develop further links with the healthcare community there in future.”


Andrew Hubbard, Assistant Head Teacher at St Peter’s, explained: “For nine years the school has been able to offer students the opportunity to visit to southern Africa, on their annual expedition to Malawi. Statistically one of the poorest countries in the world, it is also one of the safest and friendliest countries in the continent.”

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