GROUP KEEPS GIVING
Vital donation for respiratory patients
THEY’RE the unsung heroes who many from the community will know well as a prominent part in bringing the Sunshine Coast University Hospital to life.
They stood at the Kawana hospital site every Saturday for 20-months until the fence to build the new hospital went up, and campaigned since 2009 for it to be built without delay.
And now they are continuing to make a difference.
Last week the group donated $1000 to equipment for respiratory patients.
Group member Maureen Mileham said they had some money left from their campaigning and they wanted to use it for something extremely important for the new hospital.
“This was one of the reasons I started the Kawana Residents Group in 2003,” she said.
“When I first started with that I was told respiratory patients were being turned away from Caloundra and being told to go to Nambour because there were no facilities.
“I know someone first hand who has experienced this.”
SCUH’s Respiratory Physiotherapist Dean Cook said they had put an application in for a cough assist machine.
The machine costs more than $8000, which means without the support of the action group it would be taking them far longer to raise the funds.
“This will allow us to treat patients more effectively,” he said.
“With the respiratory service growing there’s an ever increasing number of patients that we see come through.
“This is a specialist piece of equipment so the exact numbers are hard to gauge.
“But we do see a lot of patients who require lots of long and sometimes unpleasant physiotherapy sessions so this machine will make a huge difference.”
The rest of the money for the machine will be raised by charity Wishlist.
This will allow us to treat patients more effectively.
— Dean Cook, Respiratory Physiotherapist
PROUD: Members of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Action Group at the handover of the money.