The party, which was made possible through sponsorship and specific donations, was opened by former spinal injuries consultants David Grundy and John Russell and featured the Red Devils Parachute Regiment Freefall Team, dance and dog displays, music from local bands, cream teas and an evening barbecue, before closing with a firework finale behind the hospital helipad.
Peter Hill, Director of Operations at Salisbury District Hospital said: " This was a wonderful occasion which gave current staff the opportunity to meet up with former colleagues and patients and enjoy an afternoon and evening of entertainment in celebration of 25 years of the centre."
The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre is a 48 bedded purpose built centre at Salisbury District Hospital, which specialises in the care of people who have a spinal cord injury. The centre , which was opened by HRH the Prince of Wales on 27 June 1984, serves a population of around 11 million people in the South and South West of England and will treat around 70 new patients each year. Staff also provide ongoing care and support for many years after.
Peter Hill said: " We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported this event for our staff and patients as this wouldn't have been possible without their help." Ends
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The principal sponsors were Active Assistance. The Trust would also like to thank Fittleworth, who sponsored the Parachute Regiment Freefall Team (the Red Devils), and the following companies and individuals: Astratch, Coloplast, Hollister, Intersurgical, Mediatech Direct Ltd, Rochester Medical Ltd, Manfred Sauer (UK) Ltd, Andrew Downes, Molly King, Roland Mackie, Robert Morgan, David Bulgin and Louise Blake.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170