High quality medical lighting is a staple of many GP surgeries and hospitals as patients expect the best treatment possible. However, such technology is not just limited to humans as vets and animal charities alike also utilise the same equipment to care for their own patients.
The Wildlife Aid Foundation is a leading wildlife rescue and rehabilitation charity. Founded in 1980 by wildlife campaigner and TV presenter Simon Cowell, the charity relies on the help of 300 volunteers to support its fulltime staff. It is also the only ’24/7′ wildlife rescue and rehabilitation charity in the Surrey and South West London area and the charity witnesses thousands of sick, injured and orphaned animals pass through its hospital headquarters in Leatherhead each year.
“The Wildlife Aid Foundation does such a brilliant job in caring for the country’s wild animals, many of which would not have been able to survive on their own without the charity’s help,” says Phillip Wright, managing director of medical lighting manufacturer, Daray Ltd, which has supported the charity for over a decade.
“No matter the size of the animal, it is important that the charity has access to the best, most efficient medical lighting possible, in order to give their patients the best chance of pulling through.”
“We’ve been using Daray products for about ten years now,” adds Lucy Kells, Hospital Manager at the Wildlife Aid Foundation. “Simon got in touch with Phillip ten years ago and the relationship has blossomed from there. Daray has provided us with a wide range of products which the hospital greatly needed.
“As we treat such a large number of animals a year, without Daray’s equipment our jobs would be so much harder. At the moment, British wildlife needs help like never before and thanks to the donations we’ve received from the likes of Daray we are able to be there for them.”
Most recently Daray provided the charity with two SL180 minor procedure LED lights and a Vision 600 medical microscope to replace the charity’s existing ageing equipment.
The SL180 LED minor procedure light has been installed in the charity’s surgical treatment room. It is ideally suited for providing light for small operations, such as those which happen day-in day-out at the charity, thanks to its excellent range of movement and reduced heat emission from the use of a 15W LED module. It also incorporates Daray’s BioProtect® antimicrobial coating which contributes to a significant reduction in the risk of cross-infection, which is always a danger in surgical applications.
As well as the two minor surgical lights, Daray also provided the Wildlife Aid Foundation with a Vision 600 medical microscope. It incorporates a 10x wide visual field optic lens which offers high-resolution imaging and enables observers wearing glasses to easily view samples. The microscope also uses a 5.0 megapixel camera with video playback for extra precision; an 8.0 inch TFT LCD screen; and an adjustable 3W LED light-source.
Lucy continues: “We were struggling with a very old dilapidated microscope, so getting our new microscope from Daray has assisted us with the diagnosis for many illnesses in our patients. With our hedgehog patients in particular, who frequently suffer from parasites, we are now able to diagnose them swiftly and accurately to aid in their faster recoveries.”
Simon Cowell, the Wildlife Aid Foundation’s founder and presenter of the Discovery Channel’s Wildlife SOS, adds: “It’s such a breath of fresh air to find a company that really does care. Like all charities in this economic climate, the Wildlife Aid Foundation is struggling with ever decreasing donations and membership. However, Phillip, with his incredible passion for wildlife, has supported us in our medical equipment requirements for some years now.”
He continues: “The Daray team visited our headquarters and showed great interest in our work – it was obvious that they cared about us and our wildlife. Our huge and grateful thanks must go to Daray for its wonderful support of the Wildlife Aid Foundation – its compassion and generosity restores our faith in the corporate world.”
Daray designs and manufactures products at its factory in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, which is strictly regulated by ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 quality standards.
For more information on the Wildlife Aid Foundation, please visit www.wildlifeaid.org.uk.