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Woolgoolga Lions Club President Jean Vickery (left), Rehabilitation and Stroke Nurse Unit Manager Karen Longworth, Lion Barbara Lawson, Stoma/Continence Nurse Consultant Mandy Hawkins, and Lions Karen Dorahy, Mike Mellefont and Ethel Mellefont with the bladder scanner and walking aids donated to Coffs Harbour Health Campus. Two stroke chair are also on the way to replace the old chair on the right.

Lions Club of Woolgoolga is ‘roarsome’

Apr 15, 2021

Community Health and stroke patients from throughout the Coffs Coast will have access to more than $33,000 worth of medical and rehabilitation equipment thanks to the hard work of the Lions Club of Woolgoolga.

The remarkable donation to Coffs Harbour Health Campus includes a $16,330 bladder scanner for patients who see a Stoma Continence Nurse at the Continence Clinics in Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga and Bellingen.

Another $16,776 for the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit has delivered two one-arm lever-operated wheelchairs, a NIKKI pump for palliative patients, six seat walkers, four gel comfort mats and a medication fridge.

Stoma/Continence Nurse Consultant Mandy Hawkins said her team was indebted to the Lions for the bladder scanner.

“The Lions’ donation significantly reduces the risk of infection, trauma or discomfort for our patients,” Ms Hawkins said.

“It assists us in providing a more comprehensive assessment and, therefore, more effective management and improved health outcomes for our patients.

“We can’t believe how lucky we are to have the support of the Woolgoolga Lions. They have changed our service for the better.”

Stroke/Rehabilitation Nurse Unit Manager Karen Longworth was also grateful for the support.

“Our patient numbers are growing with our community so to have the Lions come to us and say ‘we’re here to help’ is just amazing.

“This single donation means we can add much-needed rehabilitation equipment to our unit to better meet the growing demand.

“The Woolgoolga Lions Club members are now part of our rehab team. Their generosity will make an enormous difference to the recovery and rehabilitation of our wonderful patients.”

The latest donation brings the club’s support for CHHC patients to a remarkable $146,592 in the past six years.

Club President Jean Vickery, who was recently named NSW Community Hero of the Year, said the donations were made possible because of the dedicated Lions and community volunteers who coordinate and participate in a range of community and fundraising activities, including the operation of the waste transfer station at Woolgoolga each weekend on behalf of Coffs Harbour City Council.

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