Gen­er­ous cou­ple keeps on giv­ing

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

Ma­reeba Shire Coun­cil's An­gela Top­pin, Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal's Michelle Bom­bardieri, Robyn Ge­orge, Les­lie and Anne Mills, and Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal's Vickye Cof­fey.

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