Three men and three women standing side by side behind a table with an argometer on it.

DON/EO Wayne Southern shows off the arm ergometer, donated by Newport Village residents earlier in the year. With him at the latest donation handover of $1700 for two pulse oximeters, is A/NUM Dean Cook, Newport Village fundraising guru John Norton, Acting Clinical Nurse Educator Jo Simiana, CNE Jess Clout, Acting Nurse Manager Nez Cook and Newport Village Community Manager Heather Doeland.

Newport Village residents support stroke patients

Aug 22, 2023

Newport Village residents have donated $1700 to the Stroke/Rehabilitation Unit at Wauchope District Memorial Hospital (WDMH), raising the funds through a Bastille Day celebration.

The French-themed event featured DJ Bruce from the retirement village, dancing, quiche, and mousse.

Newport’s Mr Entertainment, John Norton, said the donation, which will purchase two portable oxygen saturation devices, was made possible by the 70 residents and guests who attended the event, and the village’s Busy Bees group who ensured everything was perfect on the night.

Centre Manager Heather Doeland was also thanked for Hometown Australia’s ongoing support of the fundraisers, which so far have delivered almost $13,000 in patient support and equipment to paediatric, palliative care and stroke patients at Wauchope and Port Macquarie.

WDMH Director of Nursing/Executive Officer Wayne Southern said his team was very grateful for the ongoing support.

“Newport Village’s previous donation bought an arm ergometer for our Rehabilitation Unit, which greatly assists with a patient’s recovery plan after a stroke,” Mr Southern said.

“Their latest donation will fund two portable pulse oximeters, which measure a patient’s pulse rate, but they can also tell us how much oxygen is in the patient’s blood.

“These devices are such a practical addition to our Rehabilitation Unit, so we are very grateful for Newport Village’s support.”



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