MEMBERS of the Tathra Hospital Auxiliary were special guests at Bega Hospital last week as they toured the facility to see some of the new equipment their fundraising had paid for.
“It’s always very exciting to see the end results of our fundraising efforts,” Tathra Hospital Auxiliary publicity officer Helen Watson said.
Ms Watson was joined by auxiliary president Bev Slater, vice president Teresa Taylor and treasure Ellen Harris who presented the hospital’s director of nursing and midwifery Nicole Tate with a cheque for $19,000.
“We ensure that every cent we raise goes towards equipment and patient comfort, that’s our mandate,” Ms Watson said.
Every year the Tathra Hospital Auxiliary receives a “wish list” from Ms Tate.
“The managers of the ward let me know what needs replacing, or what is vital to increase patient and staff safety,” Ms Tate said.
“At the moment the auxiliaries from Bega and Tathra have been helping us purchase new patient beds, replacing the ones that are manually winded up and down with ones that are electric,” she said.
Nurse unit manager Sharon Hoye said the new beds, which cost over $5000 each, are “wonderful for patients and staff”.
The beds are being used wherever they needed throughout the hospital as they are fully moveable.
“The Bega auxiliary has also bought beds, so there are several in use at moment on the general ward, in the intensive care unit and the surgical ward,” Ms Hoye said.
“The patients can work it themselves and the mattresses are far more comfortable also, we are very fortunate to have these beds,” she said.
“We are very, very grateful and every year fundraising from the Tathra auxiliary is just outstanding.”
Nothing is wasted in the hospital system and retired equipment is either recycled for spare parts or sent to hospitals in developing countries, something the auxiliary is very pleased about.
This year the Tathra Hospital Auxiliary have paid for two beds, bariatric scales and an examination coach for the midwifery and obstetrics unit which cost over $7000.
“We can’t express how grateful we are to the auxiliary, they fill in budgetary gaps and we don’t know that we would do without them,” Ms Tate said.