Convoy funds receive new portable bladder scanner for Shellharbour Hospital
This Wednesday 7th June at 12pm, Illawarra Community Foundation presented a new portable bladder scanner, applied for by the Shellharbour Hospital Auxilliary, for use of Shellharbour Hospital staff. In attendance was be Lyn Thompson, President of the Shellharbour Hospital Auxiliary, Marty Haynes i98FM Breakfast Host, Mark Rigby i98FM Illawarra Convoy manager, Megan Foye Operations Manager Shellharbour Hospital, & Yvonne Stolk, Nursing Manager Surgical Ward.
The role of the Shellharbour Hospital Auxiliary is to raise funds for vital equipment for Shellharbour Hospital. They do this through craft stalls held at regular intervals at the hospital, during the year and also have two craft stalls a year at Warilla Grove shopping centre. The group also holds raffles in conjunction with these stalls to raise much needed funds for the hospital.
Recently the Shellharbour Hospital Auxiliary has been trying to secure funds for the purchase of a portable bladder scanner for the use in the surgical ward for diagnostic and on-going treatment purposes. Aware of the funding available through the i98FM Illawarra Convoy, president of the Shellharbour Hospital Auxiliary Lyn Thomson applied for support of the equipment purchase. The request was granted and thanks to the Shellharbour Hospital auxiliary and the Illawarra Community Foundation, the hospital now has the new portable scanner available to staff and patients.
The portable bladder scanner will give staff the ability to scan patient’s bladders, and based on their findings, attend to their needs accordingly.
‘Members of Shellharbour Hospital Auxiliary are proud to support our Hospital in any way they can, particularly making it possible to purchase much-needed and sometimes life-saving equipment. This type of equipment allows staff to treat patients affectively and assists with a quick and comfortable recovery,’ says Lyn Thomson, president of Shellharbour Hosital Auxilliary. “The wonderful support we receive from community groups, ex-patients and their families is very much appreciated and shows just how important our Hospital is to the members of the Public. This donation from the i98FM Illawarra Convoy is very much appreciated as the Bladder scanner in the surgical ward is in urgent need of replacement.”
2016 was the biggest year yet for the i98FM Illawarra Convoy, raising over 1.8 million dollars. The establishment of the Illawarra Community Foundation has allowed the funds to benefit more organisations in the community including The Shellharbour Hospital Auxiliary, after the event donated half a million dollars to Camp Quality earlier in the year..
“The Illawarra Community Foundation is proud to support the purchase of the portable bladder scanner for Shellharbour Hospital” says Mark Rigby, i98FM Illawarra Convoy Manager. “It is great to see the funds raised during Convoy, going to a range of important causes within the community and benefitting more people in the region. This new bladder scanner will assist the staff at the hospital in providing tailored care to people who need it most.’