Op shop buys eye camera for hospital
An Exmouth thrift shop has donated a specialised ophthalmological camera to the town hospital, saving local patients from having to travel for screenings.
Mrs Mac’s Shed in Exmouth, an op shop run by a team of volunteers with a commitment to raising funds for worthy causes, recently raised $21,000 for a new retinal camera for Exmouth District Hospital.
Previously, patients requiring specialised retinal screening had to go to Perth for an appointment with an ophthalmologist.
Exmouth Health Service clinical nurse manager Emma Howard said the retinal camera was a highly specialised piece of equipment for the hospital.
“The new camera will allow us to monitor patients with eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy,” she said.
“(It) has short exam times (and) produces high-quality images that can be viewed from any computer on site or via its wifi connectivity.
“The photo documentation is an important component to providing high quality of care.”
She thanked the Mrs Mac’s Shed volunteers for a donation that would save time and money for local patients in need of specialised eye care.
“Having the camera will now provide a continuation of services as hospital staff can send images to ophthalmologists in Perth via Telehealth for review and/or diagnosis,” she said.
Mrs Mac’s Shed manager Leonie McLeod, whose mother began the group decades ago, said the team of volunteers raised tens of thousands of dollars every year for charities and community groups, including the Royal Flying Doctors’ Service and St John Ambulance.
She said they aimed to donate “wherever there is a need”.
“We research it, and then we donate,” she said.
“(For the camera) we talked to people at the hospital and it was something that would have been of great benefit to the town.”
“It takes the burden off the health system, because every time someone has to travel to Perth there’s a cost in it.”
Mrs Mac’s Shed has made several donations to Exmouth Hospital, including three agedcare lounge chairs, a multifunctional bed for bed-bound patients, and an infrared AccuVein vein finder for the Exmouth District Hospital emergency department.