The Mid North Coast Cancer Institute at Coffs Harbour has 20 new and improved IV poles thanks to community team work.
Nursing Unit Manager Jill Harrington came up with the idea to replace an attachment for existing IV poles that better suits the needs of cancer patients. She took her idea to C.ex Coffs Sports, Touring & Classic Car Club, which sought the expertise of a Coffs Harbour manufacturer and now the example of local ingenuity has become a reality in the oncology unit.
The attachment consists of six organiser hooks instead of the standard two. This allows the cancer unit to separate chemotherapy, immunotherapy, fluids and pre-meds all on the one pole.
Coffs Harbour sheet metal business Marcia Street Fabricators built a prototype for the cancer unit which proved a huge success, providing the C.ex Car Club with the green light to fundraise.
Club president Peter Titmus thanked the Coffs community for supporting its fundraising events, which included a Coffee Run and Jetty Foreshore Breakfast.
“A few of our members have been cared for by the Oncology Unit over the past year and we just wanted to do something as a way of saying thanks,” Mr Titmus said.
“Cancer touches a lot of lives so it wasn’t surprising that so many private donors were happy to give.
“We live in a wonderful community; one that recognises a worthwhile local project and then jumps in to support it.”
Ms Harrington said she was delighted to see the project evolve from the drawing board to the treatment room.
“We can’t thank the car club enough for this very practical and unique donation,” Ms Harrington said.
“Their kindness, generosity, time and effort are greatly appreciated in supporting the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute and our patients.
“The hook attachment improves on existing IV pole designs with the general idea being that the various medication and fluid bags used during cancer treatment can each have their own hook. This also allows staff to easily ready the labels on each bag.
“The car club worked hard to replace all of our attachments, which makes this donation quite special because it’s been designed locally, funded locally and manufactured locally.”
Mr Titmus said the IV stands were funded with a $2000 donation, however, such was the level of community support that another gift to the Oncology Unit was being planned.
Anyone wanting to join the car club is invited to meetings held on the first Monday of every month, except January, at 7.30pm at the C.ex Coffs in Coffs Harbour.