01 May GLADSTONE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY DONATES NEW MONITORS
Gladstone Base Hospital Auxiliary has donated over $37,000 in equipment to the local hospital in the last year.
The small group of 20 women, 6 of whom are octogenarians are very proud of their efforts. Cheryl Benstead, President of the Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary, told Gladstone News the group were pleased to deliver a V60 Bi-Pap machine to the hospital’s High Dependency Unit. “This unit assists patients who require ventilation to breathe on their own, this unit is valued at $29,800,” Ms Benstead explained. Earlier this month the group also presented the Ward 1 Nursing Unit Manager Ange Highland with two new Welch Allen Conner Spot Monitors.
The group raises most of its funds from their main fundraising events, the Annual Fashion Parade and Mini Cent Sale that is held each year as part of the Gladstone Harbour Festival.
“The money raised by these two fundraising events are already earmarked for the purchase of a Sara Plus Hoist, this equipment will enable a single nursing staff member to assist a patient out of bed and into a chair for showering or toileting instead of 2 or 3 nurses and a much less invasive procedure. This piece of equipment is valued at over $12,000,” Ms Benstead explained. “As you can see our little band of ladies are making a big difference to patients at the Gladstone Hospital,” she added.