Sculptural surgery

Nurses from Shropshire’s two main hospitals gained new skills at a local attraction recently. The clinicians welded items of obsolete equipment onto a sculpture being created to mark 70 years of the NHS. The unique heart sculpture, created by Shropshire artist Luke Kite, will be unveiled at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’s (SaTH) Charity Fun Day at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry on Saturday 7 July.

On Friday 25 May a number of off-duty SaTH nurses helped attach items onto the sculpture; parts of the artwork included obsolete blood pressure monitors, parts of hospital beds, surgical hands, microscopes, and wheelchairs.
Dementia nurse Karen Breese, who welded on part of a wheelchair, says, “I’ve never welded anything in my life so this was a totally new experience for me. I look forward to finding it when the sculpture is unveiled to the public.”

The Fun Day will also celebrate 70 years of the NHS, raising funds for the Live Well with Dementia Appeal and the Swan End of Life Care Appeal – visit britishironworkcentre.co.uk for details.

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