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Community generosity helps sick children

Posted on July 2, 2012

Children at Bundaberg Hospital will benefit from a new specialist piece of equipment which was purchased thanks to continued support of the local community and Woolworths staff through the Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Hospital Appeal.

A donation of $11,000.00 donated to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation has purchased an i-STAT system for the children’s ward at Bundaberg Hospital.

This generous donation is thanks to the continued support of the local community and Woolworths staff through the Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Hospital Appeal.

Giving Australians the opportunity to help make a difference and raise money for children’s hospitals in their communities, this annual appeal is run at Woolworths supermarkets around the country.

Bundaberg Health Service Foundation’s Chairman Janet Tallon said the Hospital was extremely grateful to Woolworths and their staff for their ongoing support and thanked the Bundaberg community for getting behind the Appeal.

This year, the donation was used for a specialised piece of equipment that will greatly enhance care at the patient’s bedside.

The i-STAT machine offers a range of tests for diagnostic and treatment indicators relating to management of the patient’s condition. It eliminates the need to send blood work off to pathology, with results sometimes taking up to 72 hours.

This anyalyser provides the results for clinicians at the patient’s bedside in just minutes. It will be particularly beneficial for critically-ill children, diabetic patients and those with respiratory conditions.

This is the second major donation from Woolworths to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation which received a $10,000 in 2010 which bought video monitoring equipment to monitor patients at risk of seizures, apnoea monitors  and a new camera to take quality photographs of burns/wounds/rashes which can be emailed to Brisbane medical consultants.

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