GROUP KEEPS GIV­ING

Vi­tal do­na­tion for res­pi­ra­tory pa­tients

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

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

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PROUD: Mem­bers of the Sun­shine Coast Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal Ac­tion Group at the han­dover of the money.

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