In 2016 ArtCare, the charitable art service at Salisbury District Hospital, were awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to start looking after the amazing medical and historical collection at Salisbury District Hospital. During this work, guess what they found…
The story of the first kidney dialysis machine created, here in Salisbury, in 1946 by Dr Darmady. Not only that, it was made using parts recycled from WW2 Spitfire Engines that had been built in secret in Salisbury city and ArtCare have film footage to prove it!
Inspired by this past, ArtCare have set up a Crowdfunder project to work with students and young people to motivate future inventors for healthcare and engineering.
Salisbury District Hospital has a long tradition of medical innovation and in our history collection we have discovered loads of examples that could be used to inspire future inventors and engineers.
There is the Odstock Dropped Foot Stimulator (ODFS®) that helps patients walk independently again after Stoke, spinal or brain injury. Innovative instruments used by Burns Unit Plastic Surgeons created by Mr Barron at Salisbury District Hospital and lots of titanium inserts used in reconstructive surgery
Lesley Meaker, ArtCare’s history project co-ordinator, says ‘Rather than these items lying around in the storerooms or languishing in the archives ArtCare want to inspire young people, schools and youth groups to come up with the next generation of incredible machines, adaptations and designs to help the future world of medicine and ArtCare have created a challenge for these creative inventors called Bright Ideas.’
To find out more www.crowdfunder.co.uk/brightideas
What is Bright Ideas? ArtCare want to create an annual challenge cup for any person or team under the age of 21 to enter an invention or idea of future medical machines. ArtCare will work with wide range of schools, youth groups and community venues in the Salisbury and South Wiltshire region over the coming year to get the pilot scheme off the ground.
There will be 3 medal categories, a shield and a cup in our challenge:
• Re-purpose and re-cycling
• Healthy innovation, adaptation or improvement to human lives
• Wild-card (open theme)
• Best teamwork shield
• Overall winning idea
The project will be extended out to a wider audience through the availability of online materials, including inspiring ideas and experiments
Your support will mean ArtCare and Salisbury Hospital can provide a unique chance for schools and young people to get real, hands-on experience of medicine, engineering and local history, with resources to inspire imagination and learning outside the classroom.