Big boost for kids in hos­pi­tal dona­tion

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

The Chil­dren’s Unit at Ro­torua Hos­pi­tal is thrilled with the dona­tion of $66,000 from three lo­cal Count­down su­per­mar­kets.

The cash dona­tion is part of the Count­down an­nual Kids Hos­pi­tal Ap­peal fundrais­ing cam­paign run na­tion­ally for three months, with the $66,000 be­ing what lo­cal stores have raised to­wards the ef­fort.

Staff from the three lo­cal Count­down su­per­mar­kets ran a range of fundrais­ing events.

The pre­sen­ta­tion was made late in Novem­ber at the Count­down store in Fen­ton Street.

Chil­dren’s Unit clin­i­cal nurse man­ager Erin Carn-ben­nett says the Dis­trict Health Board (DHB) was thrilled to re­ceive such a sub­stan­tial sum. The amount was higher than the DHB had been ex­pect­ing, and staff were over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity of the Count­down staff and peo­ple from through­out the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

She says the money will be spent on play equip­ment for chil­dren Dhb-wide. In the Chil­dren’s Unit, the wha¯ nau room will be up­graded and a treat­ment room will be turned into a teen lounge. Stu­dents from Taupo Nui a Tia High School have been in­volved in the project to de­sign the teen lounge as a school project.

Do­nated funds will also be used to pur­chase a biliru­bi­nome­ter — a de­vice which screens for jaun­dice with­out a blood test. Jaun­dice is com­mon in new­borns in the DHB area, oc­cur­ring in up to 80 per cent of in­fants, but is more com­mon in pre­ma­ture in­fants, and if not iden­ti­fied and treated, can cause a se­ri­ous con­di­tion re­sult­ing in brain dam­age.

The new de­vice will be used at ma­ter­nity ser­vices prior to dis­charge to en­sure in­fants at risk are iden­ti­fied early.

Lakes DHB re­ceived $34,000 from the Count­down Kids’ Hos­pi­tal Ap­peal two years ago.

Photo / Stephen Parker

Count­down staff with a cheque for $66,000.

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