Borderland Rotary recently welcomed a military surgeon to talk about the Headley Court Veteran’s Centre based at the Orthopaedic Hospital.

Lt Col Carl Meyer, a military surgeon, working in the NHS, discussed the success of the new Headley Court Veteran’s Centre  which the club had helped fundraise for. The unit brings much needed extra theatre and recuperation capacity to the hospital and is now fully operational as part of a world-class spinal injuries’ unit.

Carl said, “When the Duchess of Edinburgh formally opened Headley Court earlier this year it signified that part of the job was now complete and operational but, there always seems to be more to achieve and we are now working on plans to build a rehabilitation unit which will become the natural next step for patients from the existing unit. We have the land; we just don’t have the building yet. The new development will have self-contained residential rooms, a gym, physiotherapy provision and a general leisure area. In the long term, it will improve outcomes and save the NHS money but of course, it’ll cost a lot to start with so, once again, we are on the fundraising trail”.

Borderland Rotary helped with the early funding of Headley Court and there are plans afoot to help with this new project too. If you’d like to find out how Borderland Rotary raises money and helps the community, please go to

Pictured: Lt Col. Carl Meyer, Chris Bryan-Smith (Borderland president) & Brian Kilty (Fundraiser RJAH).