Hospital equipment ticked off wish list
A CHAIR designed to offer patients some comfort has been generously donated to Wide Bay Health and Hospital Services.
The Carendo Shower Chair, which cost $10,595, was given to the Maryborough Base Hospital through the profits of bingo games hosted by the Maryborough Pensioners Association.
WBHHS Clinical Loans Asset Management Services equipment officer Malcolm Finlayson said it would help with patients who were nearly immobile.
"The chair is designed to go into the bathroom, totally mobile and totally battery operated," he said.
"It allows the patient to be in a comfortable position so they can be showered, go to the toilet, removing clothing, etc."
Pensioners Association bingo co-ordinator Lyn McCrea said they raised money through their bi-weekly bingo over seven months.
"Since we took over bingo from Endeavour, we made the deal to give all profits away to charitable and worthy organisations," Lyn said.
"We have given thousands away over the years."
Lyn said the association had raised quite a bit of money and contacted their patron Barb Hovard who suggested the hospital as a beneficiary.
"A lot of our members end up at the hospital, so maybe some of them will be able to say they used the chair.
"We are happy to help with the nurses and patients and very thankful to those attending the games for their support."
WBHHS nursing director Bronwyn Ramsay said the chair had been on the wish list for some time.
"The nurses identified that the patients needed this equipment for their safety and comfort.
"Because we are a sub-acute area and with our clientele and demographics it certainly will be put to good use."
Bronwyn also mentioned the nursing and ward-support staff will benefit from the height adjustment of the chair to ensure their safety from injury.
"I think the contributions we receive is amazing and demonstrates how the community is right behind the Maryborough Hospital and how they want to support," she said.
"It is really gratifying to know the community really wants to get involved with our patients and our staff."