MEDICAL supplies have been sent out by North Tyneside General Hospital to treat Syrians injured by fighting in their country.
A total of 50 boxes of medical aid were loaded into a van to be taken from the North Shields hospital last Friday to Lebanon.
Health workers in Northumberland and North Tyneside amassed the aid delivery in response to an appeal by the charity Hand in Hand for Syria for out-of-date emergency care equipment such as dressings, surgical instruments, syringes and wheelchairs.
A van from the charity collected the equipment and took it to London ready to be transported overland to Lebanon to treat some of the 23,000 Syrian refugees now there after fleeing the violence gripping their homeland.
Richard Walker, clinical director for international links at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Our staff have been fantastic. They have found time in their busy working lives to find all of this out-of-date but still useable equipment to help the injured in the refugee camps of Lebanon.
“We know it will all be put to good use and will help the sick and injured enormously.”