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an older couple with a nurse in an emergency treatment bay in a paediatric unit. The older woman in sitting on a recliner and the man and nurse are behind her, standing next to a resuscitaire

Rob and Margaret Chapman with Paediatric Nurse Unit Manager Lisa Hammond and the donated equipment – the recliner and two syringe drivers.

Chapmans return to CHHC; this time to support children

Nov 01, 2022

Coffs Harbour residents Rob and Margaret Chapman have donated a long list of medical equipment to Coffs Harbour Health Campus over recent years, but today the couple returned to support paediatric patients and their families.

Their $12,000 donation includes a recliner, two syringe drivers and a blanket warmer for the Paediatric Unit.

Nurse Unit Manager Lisa Hammond said the equipment would vastly improve the hospital experience for children, and their parents.

“The syringe drivers are really important, because they help us to navigate the small veins of children and deliver very precise, small amounts of medication to our youngest patients, which is critical,” Ms Hammond said.

“It might be intravenous fluids or other medications, but the drivers are a very welcome piece of equipment when it comes to children and babies.”

The Chapmans also donated a recliner chair, which will enable worried parents to stay bedside with their child or baby, particularly at night, and a blanket warmer, which will be particularly comforting for children who need to be kept warm before or after a procedure.

“Our focus is always our patients, so when members of the community offer to help, it is received with an enormous amount of gratitude,” Ms Hammond said.

“We can’t thank Rob and Margaret enough for what they have done for our young patients.”

Mr Chapman said he and Margaret were pleased to be able to help the Paediatric Unit.  In the past they have donated to the Medical Unit, Surgical Unit and Emergency Department.

“We donate to the hospital because we want to help as many people as possible of all ages and cultures,” Mr Chapman said.

“Our health service simply cannot be expected to provide everything!”

two women and a man standing next to a blanket warmer

Paediatric Nurse Unit Manager Lisa Hammond shows the blanket warmer to donors Rob and Margaret Chapman.

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