Camden Haven hospital volunteers move to support stroke patientsDec 18, 2023
Camden Haven United Hospital Auxiliary volunteers have donated an amazing $12,000 worth of medical equipment to improve the care and comfort of patients recovering from stroke or brain injury.
Wauchope District Memorial Hospital has received a $6300 pressure relief recliner and a $5000 vital signs monitor.
The monitor provides doctors and nurses with vital patient data on blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and oxygen saturation.
The recliner, said Nurse Unit Manager Nez Cook, was a comfort item that would make a real difference to patients.
“This recliner is a marvellous help to our patients who have had strokes or have brain injuries,” Ms Cook said.
“It provides support by holding patients upright when their core muscles have been affected. The recliner also helps prevent pressure injuries and can be used to move patients outside in a level of comfort that just isn’t available in a wheelchair.
“We are so grateful for this donation and thank the Camden Haven UHA volunteers for their generosity and compassion.”
The volunteers also donated two electrical stimulation machines for muscle activation post stroke to Port Macquarie Base Hospital’s Occupational Therapy department.
The small device makes a significant contribution to muscle strengthening and control in patients who are undergoing therapy to restore movement in their arms.
Occupational Therapist Natalie Drury also thanked the volunteers for thinking of her patients and making a practical donation that would improve their quality of life.
Camden Haven UHA President Jennifer Lucey thanked the community for supporting the volunteers’ fundraising efforts.
“Our raffles, our garage sales and fetes are generously supported by the Camden Haven community, and, in turn, we are able to support our local public hospitals,” Ms Lucey said.
“It’s a team effort, and we are proud to be a part of it.”