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Decommissioned microscopes worth £5k donated to Orpington school

PUBLISHED: 10:35 29 December 2011

Left to right: Sixth form students with BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital’s Executive Director Ruth Hoadley and The Priory School’s Head of Science Clare Boyd.

Left to right: Sixth form students with BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital's Executive Director Ruth Hoadley and The Priory School's Head of Science Clare Boyd.

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Microscopes worth £5,000 were given by hospital staff to a school after they were decommissioned.

The BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital in Bucks Cross Road, Orpington, donated one inverted and one standard binocular microscope to The Priory School in Tintagel Road, Orpington.

The hospital’s executive director Ruth Hoadley said: “While the microscopes have been kept in excellent working order they were no longer viable for use in our hospital. We strive to constantly improve the equipment and facilities available to our staff and patients and unfortunately this often means that perfectly good equipment has to be sold off or scrapped to make way for new.

“Rather than them being scrapped they will now be able to inspire the next generation of doctors, microbiologists and scientists in our local community.”

Head of Science at The Priory School Clare Boyd, said: “It was a pleasure accepting this wonderful donation. At a time when everyone is feeling the pinch of budget cuts it is fantastic to see that the school has the support of groups and institutions in the local community. These new microscopes will help improve both the understanding and insight we are able to provide to students of all levels and on behalf of the science department.”

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