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New equipment helps diabetes patients

Posted on December 20, 2011

A Bundaberg man with diabetes has made a donation which will help others living with this condition for many years to come.

Tanya Bowden from Pharmacist Advice and Dwayne Ford look over the new document visualiser during a telehealth diabetic clinic at Bundaberg Hospital.

Dwayne Ford donated $1000 to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation after he won a competition at the local Pharmacist Advice Chemist in Bourbong Street.

Mr Ford won for himself $1000 and was given the opportunity to donate another $1000 to charity.  He chose the Foundation knowing his money would be used locally to help local diabetes patients.

On advice from the Diabetes Educator at Bundaberg Hospital, Janelle Babare, the Foundation purchased a new document visualiser for use in telehealth clinics.

The visualiser enables the patient’s medical charts, log books and other documentation to be placed under the “camera’’ at Bundaberg Hospital so that the doctor, at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, can see the medical information he needs as if he’s in the same room.

The new equipment has been used in telehealth clinics for pregnant women with high risk pregnancies, as well as other patients, both adult and children, with Type 1 and 2 diabetes.

Ms Babare said the equipment had made a huge difference and that staff were very grateful for the donation.

“It has enabled a much better use of time during telehealth consultations as we don’t have to run in and out of the room constantly faxing information to the doctor,” she said.

“More importantly for the patient there is less chance of errors with the relaying of  information and the equipment is so quick and easy to use.

“It really has made a huge difference in streamlining the running of the telehealth clinics as there are minimal interruptions.”

Mr Ford, who has been living with diabetes since he was 16, was very grateful to see how the visualiser worked when he visited the Bundaberg Hospital recently with Pharmacist Advice owner Tanya Bowden.

Foundation chairman Janet Tallon said the Foundation is a not-for-profit charity which helps purchase non-government funded medical equipment to assist patients at Bundaberg Hospital.

“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.

The Foundation adopted a vision statement last year ‘Local People Helping Local Patients’ and that is exactly what Mr Ford and Pharmacist Advice have done here,’’ Mrs Tallon said.

“For the Foundation to continue its work it relies on public donations, community fundraising activities, sponsorship and bequests in memory of loved ones.’’

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