Country patients benefit from grant

GRANT: The Hospital Research Foundation’s chief executive officer Paul Flynn and Country Health SA’s executive director of medical services Dr Hendrika Meyer. Picture: Supplied
GRANT: The Hospital Research Foundation’s chief executive officer Paul Flynn and Country Health SA’s executive director of medical services Dr Hendrika Meyer. Picture: Supplied

Ceduna District Health Services has shared in funding worth more than $400,000 from The Hospital Research Foundation.

The hospital has received a pedal exercise machine for renal dialysis patients, as part of a grant given to Country Health SA (CHSA), to be allotted to hospitals across the state.

Ceduna District Health Services director of nursing Andrew Lane said the donation would aid people within the unit while they were receiving treatment.

“It’s fantastic and we are really pleased to receive this unit,” he said.

“People need to stay in the unit while receiving treatment and this way they can get some exercise and not have to stay still.”

Mr Lane said the machine was being put together and would be available to use within days.

The pedal exercise machine is one of 12 to be delivered to hospitals across the state, while other equipment such as stress test units, portable ultrasound machines and 24-hour blood pressure monitoring kits, have also been included as part of the grant.

Patients at Port Lincoln and Whyalla will also benefit from the grant.

CHSA chief executive officer Maree Geraghty said the grant would enable more country South Australians to be treated closer to home – and in some cases in their own homes.

“The $406,785 grant from The Hospital Research Foundation is a fantastic and generous gesture, which will enable CHSA to purchase vital equipment for our hospitals,” she said.

“I would like to say a big thank you to The Hospital Research Foundation for the generous funding, which will further improve health care delivery for country patients.”

CHSA executive director of medical services Dr Hendrika Meyer said the funding was being used to purchase equipment in the areas of cardiovascular care, renal, birthing and diabetes.

“As a result of purchasing this new equipment, more country people will be able to be treated closer to home and, in some cases where clinically appropriate, patients will be able to use some of the equipment in the comfort of their own homes,” she said.

“Enabling country patients to receive ongoing care close to home and loved ones is a key focus for Country Health SA, and this fantastic donation from The Hospital Research Foundation helps us save more patients time and money, as well as improved patient outcomes.”

The Hospital Research Foundation’s chief executive officer Paul Flynn said the foundation was pleased to support patient care initiatives in regional South Australia.

“There are many wonderful specialists and healthcare professionals across country SA and the foundation is proud to be able to support their great work through this grant, made possible thanks to our generous donors and ticket buyers in the Hospital Research Home Lottery,” Mr Flynn said.

“This lifesaving equipment will give regional communities greater access to a range of health services in more convenient locations, reducing travel to Adelaide and eliminating unnecessary stress at a time of need.

“Facilitating in-home care is also important for regional patients and the Virtual Clinical Care Home Tele-Monitoring Services, five of which have been funded through this grant, will monitor patients discharged from hospital or who require constant care.”