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Doctors and Nurses to Play Basketball to Raise Money for Hospital Equipment by Idowu Olabode : January 20, 2018, 03:30:52 PM
Nottingham (UK): 'Pride is at stake' as doctors and nurses gear up to play each other in a charity basketball match to fund specialist equipment on two hospital wards.

Medics hope to raise £10,000 split between the spinal unit at the Queen's Medical Centre and stroke unit at City Hospital, for rehabilitation and diagnostic purposes.



An exact date and venue have not yet been confirmed, but it is hoped the match will take place in March. And members of the public are invited to watch.

Tom Large, part of the senior nursing team at NUH and one of the organisers, said the idea started out as a "bit of banter" between him and neurologist Dr Michael Hanna, a stroke consultant.

Mr Large, who who will captain the nurses, said: "It started out as a a bit of banter between myself and my consultant colleague [Dr Michael Hanna].

"It went on for a month or two until we realised there was something in this as long as there was a good cause to raise money for.

"I am 6ft 9. They all see me in the corridor and say 'you must play basketball'. It became a bit of a running joke that's turned into virtual reality."

He added: "At the time the spinal and stroke unit at the QMC and City Hospital were under significant pressure from the patient flow and needed equipment. We thought that would be the best thing [to raise money for].

"The money raised will be split 50/50 between the spinal unit [at the QMC] and stroke unit [at the City Hospital].

"We can try and make the treatment for patients a little bit better, especially the equipment which costs a significant amount of money. Specifically for spinal rehabilitation equipment and diagnostic equipment for the spinal services."

Men and women will take part and Mr Large said it will be taken seriously.

"I feel trepidation - it's the biggest event that I have organised and played in. Hopefully it's more of an event than just a game with lots of NUH staff and members of the public.

"We are taking the game very seriously because there's a lot of pride at stake. The doctors versus nurses thing has been going on since we have had the health service.

"It will be played with a very serious attitude. It started out as a bit of banter but we are all going to play to win."

Nurse Katy Worth added: "If you can sponsor us, or join us, in our charity basketball match between doctors and nurses, that'd be great."

Patients, staff or supporters of Nottingham’s hospitals can sign up to take part in any of the fundraising events organised by Nottingham Hospitals Charity, or can arrange their own. For fundraising information and advice, visit the Charity’s website, www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk or call 0115 9627905.

Source : Nottingham Post

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