Hospital appeal ramps up

Peter Kennedy | Bendigo Weekly | 01-Sep-2017

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THE community campaign to raise $4 million towards the purchase of specialised equipment for the new Bendigo hospital enters a new phase next week.

The #GiveBack campaign has already raised $2m, thanks to the generosity of local donors, and New Bendigo Hospital Appeal chairman Keith Sutherland said as the region’s population continues to grow, and our friends and family are enjoying longer lives, the community has come to depend on organisations such as Bendigo Health more than ever.

“I was honoured to be appointed as chair of the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal committee in 2016 and am joined by Boort farmer and Loddon Shire mayor Neil Beattie, Bendigo lawyer Melissa Buchanan and leading Bendigo business woman Vicki Gaudion,” he said.

“Together we have been meeting with leaders in the community to seek their support to the appeal and to date $2m has been raised.”

Mr Sutherland said the appeal was a time-limited campaign dedicated to raising funds for state-of-the-art equipment for the new Bendigo hospital.

An extensive advertising campaign will kick off on Monday across much of central and northern Victoria in the broader region served by Bendigo Health.

More than 130,000 households and businesses across the region will be included in the campaign, with donations sought to purchase several major items, including equipment to outfit a second catheterisation laboratory (cath lab) so that Bendigo Health can offer 24/7 service for emergency cardiac interventions.

The new Bendigo hospital has space for two cath labs, and while one will be fitted with the recently upgraded existing equipment, the second cath lab is a shell waiting for outfitting of equipment.

Funding is also sought for an Electronic Drug Imprest and Automated Robotic Medication System.

Medication management and medication safety is of paramount importance for major hospitals that provide care for thousands of patients each year. 

New technologies are available to improve medication safety, and many hospitals have already adopted such technology – EDI systems – and have reported on improvements in medication safety, security and accountability.

The appeal also hoped to raise funding for an Ophthalmic Microscope and Retinal Machine, which is specially designed to magnify parts of the eye’s anatomy in order to provide interventional high-level eye surgery. 

Loddon Mallee region residents who require high-level surgery to save or improve their eyesight must presently travel to Melbourne for treatment.

More information on the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal, visit www.bendigohealthfoundation.org.au/giveback

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