New equipment for Stracathro Hospital

SABR 03-04-14 PL;ASTIC SURGERY

SABR 03-04-14 PL;ASTIC SURGERY

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An important new piece of equipment that will help treat birthmarks in children and adults has been donated to Stracathro Hospital.

The laser equipment, which will be used by the plastic surgery services in the operating theatres at the hospital, has been donated by the Disfigurement Guidance Centre in Cupar.

A spokesman for the hospital said that the charity had also donated laser equipment to the plastic surgery services at Ninewells Hospital.

“The new equipment donated includes a Q-switched laser used for the treatment of pigment-related conditions of the skin which will be used in the plastic surgery laser clinic at Ninewells and a dual-purpose laser to be used at Stracathro.

Consultant plastic surgeon Stuart Waterston said they were extremely grateful for the generous donation.

“This new equipment will greatly increase the capacity of the laser service and also improve access for Angus patients,” said Mr Waterston.

“This donation complements the laser equipment already available at Ninewells Hospital and means that we can provide a comprehensive service for our patients,” he added.

He said that patients living in Fife would also benefit as he and his colleague Alastair Lowrie ran clinics from Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline and Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy with all treatments delivered at either Ninewells or Stracathro.