Bundaberg district Masonic Lodge members have once again shown their charitable support purchasing equipment for the Rehabilitation Unit at Bundaberg Hospital – non-government funded equipment that will help patients well into the future.
The donation comes following a funding submission by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.
Worshipful Master of the Bundaberg Lodge 472 Bevan Brennan said the lodge donated the funds which was matched $1 for $1 by the Masonic Benevolence Society to cover the cost of the $2420.
The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation is a local-not-for-profit charity which raises funds to help local patients.
The Foundation provides the ‘extras’ which fall outside of government budget yet make a visit to Bundaberg Hospital more comfortable as well as complementing the work provided by the dedicated medical professionals.
These two new portable oxygen saturation monitors will be well used in the Physiotherapy Department to instantly monitor oxygen levels of patients when walking and exerting themselves after surgery and respiratory illness.
Bundaberg Hospital Physiotherapist Jason Simpson said not only were they important for patient safety but the monitors allowed tailoring the patients efforts to what they were capable of at the time.
“We are very grateful for this donation as it allows early detection of respiratory distress. We often see an increase in the patient’s confidence while being active using these devices. It reassures many patients who can become anxious and struggle for breath after surgery or from chronic respiratory problems.”
Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the Freemasons were very generous in their donations and support of their local community, in their time of need.
“The Freemasons help many individuals and charity groups in the community on a regular basis,’’ she said.
“In fact they have been great supporters of the Foundation and patients with over $13,500 donated in the past two years which shows that their central preoccupation remains charitable work within their local or wider communities.’’
One of the missions of the Foundation is to help provide medical equipment (non-Government funded) to Bundaberg Hospital.
For more information on donating to the Foundation please phone 4150 2863. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.