Patients will be the big winners following a donation by two Masonic Lodges to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.
Health Services Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the Tyrian Masonic Lodge donated $2200 while the Continuity Masonic Lodge donated $4400 (with a dollar for dollar match by Freemasons QLD). New medical equipment purchased by the Foundation will help both the Community Hospital Interface Program (CHIP) and Palliative Care.
“The Masonic Lodges in the Bundaberg region have been great supporters of the Foundation in helping provide equipment for our local patients and assistance with Rotary Lodge,” Ms Burnet said.
In fact the various Lodges have donated nearly $13,200 alone in the past financial year in either monetary donations or equipment purchases.
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.
Two new portable oxygen saturation monitors costing $1100 each are now being used the CHIP nurses to help monitor patients oxygen levels. They have previously not had these pieces of equipment but needed to borrow from other departments.
The CHIP team assist predominantly elderly people identified in the Emergency Department who are keen to maintain their independence by living safely in their own homes.
With the assistance of our CHIP nurses and allied heath team, they prevent avoidable hospital stays. These monitors are being sed by the nurses while caring for patients in their own home and also for walk tests performed by allied health staff within the hospital.
Tyrian was able to donate this money from the regular sausage sizzles members hold at Bunnings.
“So members of the public who support these barbecue, which the Masonic lodge members do voluntarily, people are in fact helping raise the necessary funds to help local patients through these generous donations,” Ms Burnet said.
The donation from Continuity has bought a range of equipment for Palliative Care including
1. Nine wheelchairs for varying needs of patients,
2.A portable printer to enable staff to document notes whilst at the patients house and print a copy to leave for the other service providers to ensure communication between them is open and clear and
3. Two walking aids.
The Palliative Care team greatly support patients, their carers and families in their own home and to maintain comfort, dignity and quality of life AND We are thoroughly delighted with the donation which will really make a difference to our patients and their carers,” Palliative Access Nurse Manager Rens Schoneveld said.