PEOPLE in Ludlow have been fund raising to help nurses at the hospital in the town to cope better with having to wear personal protective equipment such as masks for hours on end.

A site has been set up to raise money to help to pay for moisturising skin care kits and balms to help treat their skin.

The treatments are for the nurses working on Dinham ward who the fundraisers say are in some cases wearing masks for up to 14 hours a day.

A fund raising site has been set up with the aim to raise £500 for the products.

Ludlow community hospital has an inpatient ward and also provides a range of clinics although there have had to be some changes because of coronavirus.

The hospital also has a minor injuries unit where people can go with illnesses and injuries that need treatment but are not emergencies requiring accident and emergency care.

Ludlow Hospital has also been used as a centre for vaccinations.

Doctors from the two Ludlow GP practices, Portcullis surgery and Station Drive Surgery spend part of their time working at the hospital.

The Friends of Ludlow Hospital, who have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for equipment over the years, believe that in normal times community hospitals can have a bigger role providing services locally and taking the pressure off acute hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford.