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30th January 2020 Latest News Country Health

Healthcare equipment for SA country hospitals

Chemotherapy chairs for cancer patients

$300,000 grant to help regional communities.

A $300,000 grant from The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) is helping to fund much-needed healthcare equipment for patients in country South Australia.

Chemotherapy chairs for Port Lincoln Hospital (pictured), ultrasound units for Wallaroo and Port Pirie, anaesthetic infusion pumps for Mount Gambier and a ventilator for Gawler are just some of the items being funded through the grant.

THRF CEO Paul Flynn said the charity was proud to extend its support to all South Australian communities and public hospitals.

“The Hospital Research Foundation is the charity for every South Australian,” Paul said.

“With about 25 per cent of South Australians living outside of Adelaide, it is incumbent of us to do all we can to help improve care and treatments for these regional communities.

“This equipment meets an immediate need within these regions and helps patients access the latest healthcare at their local hospital.

“It also arms our frontline healthcare workers with the latest technology to make their jobs easier.

“We are proud to be able to support the great work of country health centres through this grant, made possible thanks to our generous donors and ticket buyers in the Hospital Research Home Lottery.”

Telehealth services are also part of the funding, to enable specialist care to be given remotely and improve communication between healthcare workers.

Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network CEO Wayne Champion welcomed the commitment, with the Mallee one of the recipients of Telehealth services.

“We are extremely grateful to receive this generous contribution from The Hospital Research Foundation and would like to thank them for their ongoing support,” Wayne said.

“This equipment will allow us to continue providing high quality care and improve access to services across our local communities.

“The equipment will support development of a tele-midwifery service for the Mallee as well as improving the delivery of health care services to our patients on a daily basis.”

$50,000 was made available for each regional health network, with a breakdown of equipment as follows:

Eyre and Far North Local Health Network

  • Four chemotherapy chairs
  • Transducer probe
  • Wheelchair powerpack
  • Two exercise bikes
  • iPads and digital cameras

Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network

  • Four high-volume infusion pumps
  • Three high-resolution video laryngoscopes
  • Four pressure-relieving mattresses
  • Two vital signs units
  • Portable ultrasound machine
  • Sleeping aid

Yorke and Northern Local Health Network

  • Contribution to ultrasound equipment

Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network

  • System for diagnosing and monitoring diabetes
  • Exercise equipment for Aboriginal health programs
  • Specialised eye lamp
  • Telehealth equipment

Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network

  • High-flow oxygen ventilator
  • Endoscope flushing aid
  • Inflatable patient transfer system
  • Advanced vital signs machine
  • Medical stirrups
  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT) equipment

Limestone Coast Local Health Network

  • Two specialised anaesthetic pumps
  • Two sterilisation drying cabinets