Generous couple keeps on giving
TABLELANDS couple, Leslie and Anne Mills have gone on a giving spree, donating more than $60,000 worth of medical aids to Mareeba Hospital before they move to Cairns.
Having lived in the area for 38 years, they have donated $160,000 worth of equipment since 2012.
The gear was funded through the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation and includes an i-STAT blood analysing machine for theatre/maternity, two vital signs monitors, a hoist to help lift frail elderly people, a bladder scanner and a hoverjack to help move obesity patients.
Mareeba Hospital director of nursing Vickye Coffey said staff and patients were happy and grateful to receive the much-needed equipment.
“Donations such as these help us continue to provide exceptional care to the Mareeba community,” she said.
“This equipment uses the latest technology on a number of levels – the vital signs monitor provides accurate, up-todate and efficient patient data to ensure ongoing patient safety when observations are taken.
“This helps us make timely decisions about patient care changes when needed. Having the latest technology provides on-the-spot information so that decision-making supports best practice care.”
She said having a new bladder scanner would also ensure patient comfort, support bladder health and help prevent bladder damage.
The hoist and lifter will also add to patient care and help staff operate more safely.
Mareeba Shire Council's Angela Toppin, Mareeba Hospital's Michelle Bombardieri, Robyn George, Leslie and Anne Mills, and Mareeba Hospital's Vickye Coffey.