The Friends of Hinchingbrooke Hospital have donated specialist paediatric eye equipment to enhance the experience for the facility’s younger patients.

The vision screening camera enables doctors to provide an additional test for infants and gives an accurate assessment during what can be a daunting experience for children.

Tracy Crowley, head orthoptist at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said: "We wish to express our sincere thanks to the Friends of Hinchingbrooke for purchasing the infant vision screening camera.

"With young children it isn't always possible to test their vision accurately and the additional test using the camera is invaluable in determining if there is a need for glasses. If the camera indicates a problem, we can refer on for more detailed testing. This helps to streamline our service, giving better care to our patients."

Since May last year, the Friends have raised funds for 10 new wheelchairs, a vital signs monitor for Daisy Ward, arm chairs, ramp access for the bereavement garden, hand massage training and equipment, crockery for the dementia friendly room and display cabinets and stands.

The Friends held several events throughout the year to fundraise including; a strawberry tea, an annual draw, a pie and quiz night and a Christmas stall. They have also been supported by Gwenda Cards, which sells handmade greeting cards, jewellery and gifts in the hospital.

If you would like more information about the Friends or would like to join as a new member then please contact Pat Butcher on: 01480 451815.