Patients in the new Rehabilitation Ward will greatly benefit from a donation from Bundaberg’s Tyrian Masonic Lodge which was handed to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.
Health Services Foundation chairman Janet Tallon said the Tyrian Masonic Lodge donated $1900 late last year which has bought equipment not only for the Rehabilitation Ward but also for palliative care patients to use in their own homes.
“It is tremendous to see a local organisation like the Tyrian Masonic Lodge providing such a large donation that will benefit so many local people,” Mrs Tallon said.
The funds came from the Colin Lovell Trust managed by the Tyrian Masonic Lodge.
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.
A new portable oxygen saturation monitor costing $1130 is now being well used in the Rehabilitation Unit to monitor patients during walks outdoors, or when they are moving from their beds to their gym area and then while they are undertaking their exercise regime.
Nurse Unit Manager Rens Schoneveld said this was the first permanent monitor for the unit and it had greatly enabled timely management of the patient’s oxygen levels. Previously monitors were borrowed from other departments.
“We are very grateful for this donation as it not only allows early detection of respiratory compromise but we have seen an increase in the patient’s confidence whey they are exercising. It reassures the patient who can become anxious at the thought of de-sating because of chronic respiratory problems.’’
The remainder of the donation was used to assist palliative care patients with the purchase of a wheelchair, transfer bench and wheel walker.
“We are thoroughly delighted with the donation from the Masonic Lodge which has enabled us to purchase these items that really will make a difference to our patients and their carers,” Palliative Access Nurse Manager Rene Huysamen said.