Op shop buys eye cam­era for hos­pi­tal

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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