NEW HEALTH CARE OPTIONS
A DONATION of $2000 has enabled the Biggenden Hospital Auxiliary to purchase a fluid warming machine for its hospital.
Auxiliary president Liz Vicary thanked Bendigo Bank for its donation and said the equipment would be of great benefit.
“Not only to locals but anyone involved in an accident in the district,” she said.
Director of nursing Heather MacKellar said the fluid warming machine administers intravenously warmed fluids straight into people who may already be hypothermic as a result of a medical condition or trauma.
“Putting cold fluid into a person already cold can make their condition worse,” she said.
In the past, warmed blankets were used for this purpose.
Gin Gin Bendigo Bank’s Rob Atherton said the branch had donated between $40,000 to $50,000 to community organisations and clubs across the region.
“It is part of our franchise to donate 80% of our profits back into the community,” he said.
“Our board of directors just love putting money into medical, schools and sport.”
Mr Atherton said he didn’t realise hospitals did it so tough.
“I thought all necessary equipment was provided,” he said.
NEW GEAR: Dr Geeth Weerasooriya with Michelle Kinbacher, Tonya Gethings and Liz Vicary and Robert Atherton.