A kind-hearted Lancaster man has donated more than £2,000 to fund a brand new medical plinth chair for the Podiatry Department at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI).

Over the last 20 years, Laurence Wilson has been receiving treatment for a range of aliments at the RLI. First diagnosed as diabetic in 1976 and an amputee, Laurence regularly attends the RLI Podiatry Department, currently operated by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust ahead of moving to University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in October 2018.

Laurence has been attending the Podiatry Department since 2000 and had noticed that the medical plinth chair was in need of repair. A plinth chair allows the patient to be reclined ensuring work on the heel of the foot can be examined.

The Podiatry Department offers patients professional foot care and also deals with correcting foot problems relating to the way people stand and walk.

To say thank you for all the treatment he has received, Laurence asked about the cost of purchasing a new plinth chair for the department. When he was informed the cost was £2,000 he kindly funded it out of his own pocket.

Laurence said; “The old chair was in poor condition so I funded a new one to say thanks for all the wonderful treatment I’ve received from the NHS over many years. I hope it will help many patients for years to come.”

Tracey Loder, Senior Podiatrist at RLI added; “Laurence is a lower leg amputee and has been a patient at the RLI for 18 years. During that time his appointments have varied, depending on his condition, from weekly to now every three weeks.

“The new chair arrived at the RLI last month and I would like to say a huge thank you to Laurence. His kind generously will benefit patients for years to come.”

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