Patients and staff at Bundaberg Hospital have been the big winners thanks to recent medical equipment purchases by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.
The Foundation is a not-for-profit local charity which raises funds locally to spend on local health related Base Hospital and community based projects.
In the past five months alone the Foundation has spent $35,200 on equipment and resources to help not only patients but assist staff in delivering quality health care to the people of Bundaberg and surrounding areas.
“For the Foundation to continue its work it relies on public donations, community fundraising activities, sponsorship and bequests in memory of loved ones,’’ Manager Maria Burnet said.
“Three of the major items which cost a total of $19,000 were funded by the Sea FM Give Me Five for Kids campaign and we are grateful for their continuing support each year – it will be held once again in June.’’
“People who support our Cafe 641 at the Bundaberg Regional Library are also helping us meet our goals in buying much-needed equipment.’’
And as a way of saying thanks the Foundation now has reward cards at Cafe 641 – with a free coffee after the 10th purchase.
The Foundation’s mission is to provide:
· medical equipment to Bundaberg Hospital (non-Government funded),
· management of Rotary Lodge
· professional training for medical and nursing staff, and
· programs relating to the prevention and control of disease.
“The Foundation adopted a vision statement last year ‘Local People Helping Local Patients’ which is testament to what we are working to achieve,’’ Ms Burnet said.
“We strive to make a difference and improve the comfort of patients at Bundaberg Hospital while complementing the dedication provided by the medical professionals,’’ she said.
If you donate to the Foundation specifically for equipment purchases 100% of that money goes to those purchases. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Purchases have included:
1. A cough assist machine (the first of its kind at Bundaberg Hospital) to help those patients in the paediatric ward who have Duchenne or Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Cystic Fibrosis and suffer difficulty moving secretions from their lungs.
2, An infant warmer for Gayndah Hospital
3. Premature manikin for teaching nursing and medical staff in the paediatric ward with the insertion/care of nasogastric tube, gastrostomy, colostomy, urinary catheterisation, airway suction and tracheostomy.
Total cost of these three items was $19,000.
4. A breastfeeding bump to support breastfeeding mothers in maternity and for those who may be readmitted at any stage to the Emergency, Short Stay, Surgical or Medical wards – value $3200
5. Infant manikins and resuscitation equipment to conduct neonatal resuscitation training for nursing and medical staff – value $8000
6. Two neonatal resuscitation equipment trolleys (one for Special Care and one for Theatre) valued at $3600
7. Printing of My Travelling Companion booklet to assist Cancer Care team in providing information for patients travelling to Brisbane for cancer treatment – value $1400