Willows Veterinary Centre donates lifesaving medical equipment amid Covid-19 crisis

Solihull-based Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service has donated lifesaving medical equipment to South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) to help them fight the Covid-19 virus.

The veterinary practice donated the Trust, which serves hospitals in Warwick, Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon and Shipston-on-Stour, with adult and paediatric breathing systems and filters alongside loaning them syringe drivers to help administer drugs.

Alessandra Mathis, Willows’ head of anaesthesia, said: “The whole idea came about after a conversation between one of internal medicine specialists Andrew Kent and his neighbour Ben Attwood, who is an anaesthetist at Warwick Hospital. 

“Together we discussed if there was any way Willows could help with equipment and, a few days later, we were able to gift breathing systems and filters to SWFT to support in the fight against Covid-19. 

She added: “We’re delighted to have been able to help with this and wish South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust the very best in tackling this unprecedented Covid-19 outbreak.” 

Glen Burley, chief executive at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, added: “We are extremely grateful to Willows Veterinary Centre for providing us with additional equipment that will help our medical teams provide care to patients during this coronavirus pandemic. 

“It is very humbling to see how local businesses are coming together to help the NHS at this difficult time and what a generous, caring community we have around us.”

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