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Book sales help fund GP surgery equipment

PUBLISHED: 13:51 16 March 2018

Lion David Colston; healthcare assistant Emma Rice; practice manager Fran Upshon and Lions' president David Fitzpatrick.

Lion David Colston; healthcare assistant Emma Rice; practice manager Fran Upshon and Lions' president David Fitzpatrick.

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Book sales have raised almost £1,500 for a GP practice.

Portishead Lions has handed a cheque for £1,398.28 to Harbourside Family Practice to help it fund equipment.

Old books were stored on shelves and people were asked to give a donation when they loan a novel.

A Lions spokesman said: “The main piece of equipment purchased was a baby sats monitor. This is used to measure pulse and oxygen levels in children who are acutely unwell, and it helps the doctors to identify if a child needs to be seen urgently in hospital.

“Other items purchased were needed to make up a GP registrar’s bag. It is important to have this to ensure any visiting locum is fully equipped to be able to make a holistic assessment of a patient.

“In the current economic climate, it is vital medical practices can supplement budgets with extra money so much-needed equipment can be bought which would otherwise be unaffordable.”

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