A software package developed by an orthopaedic surgeon in the West Midlands has been used to help treat patients in India with limb deformities.

Coventry-based Richard Cherry has worked on his Galen programme, which assists with the day-to-day management of patients and more long term management, over several years.

His company, Richanha Tec, was set up with Andrew Hayes - a colleague from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

The software has been used under licence by the University Hospitals and an internet version - Galen7 - is helping a surgical team from the city treat patients in the Indian town of Barshi.

The group, led by consultant orthopaedic surgeons John Clegg and Alison Edwards, travelled to the town, which is 100 miles south of Mumbai, for a week .

They used the Galen programme to organise theatre lists and record their operation notes. Mr Cherry said: "I am very pleased to be supporting this visit to India. The software should be a major help to the surgical team and will aid them in the organisation of the whole trip and in recording their work while they are out there."

The visit to India was supported by the Rotary Clubs of Coventry and Warwickshire and Rotary International have provided financial support.