THE ladies from the Bega Hospital Auxiliary have been busy saving lives, one raffle ticket at a time.
Through their raffles and catering activities, the group has raised an incredible $46,000 to buy a diagnostic ultrasound for the emergency department (ED) at Bega District Hospital.
“It’s incredible to have this machine in ED, it will help save people’s lives and it’s an amazing effort by these women to raise money for it,” Bega Hospital physician Dr Sam Tormey said.
President Anne Sheedy, deputy president Dorothy Mullaney, Valerie Rose, Joan West and Shirley Cameron from the auxiliary were given a special demonstration of the ultrasound by Dr Tormey last week.
Ms Cameron was volunteered by her colleagues to be the sick patient in need of an ultrasound scan.
“I think that’s called peer pressure Shirley,” Dr Tormey laughed.
Dr Tormey detailed how the ultrasound can show emergency room medical staff in 30 seconds if a patient has internal bleeding, a diagnosis that previously would have required surgery.
“This is life-saving technology and to some extent it’s the new stethoscope,” he said.
Up until two years ago patients needing an ultrasound would have been taken to the X-ray clinic on Canning St in Bega during business hours or transferred to Canberra.
Although the hospital acquired a CAT scan machine two years ago, unlike an ultrasound it isn’t portable and requires a patient to be moved.
The new ED ultrasound has a multitude of diagnostic uses from internal examination to emergency X-rays, but many ladies from the auxiliary were pleased to hear it’s also being used to locate hard to find veins.
The ultrasound also has multiple uses for diagnosing heart problems that require further training for doctors at the hospital, but will end the need for many patients to see specialists in Canberra.
“This machine saves so much time with a diagnosis and that’s fantastic for patients,” acting nurse manager Louise Armstrong said.
Ms Sheedy said it was the biggest fundraising project the group had ever undertaken but they “didn’t begrudge a cent”.
While working towards purchasing the machine, the group has also given smaller items to the hospital that have proven just as invaluable, including 21 bariatric chairs that cost over $15,000.
Ms Sheedy thanked the community for helping the auxiliary achieve these financial goals and the ones they are working towards in the future.
Auxiliary members, who have recently outfitted themselves in distinctive purple polo shirts with their logo in yellow, have a busy six months ahead.
They are hosting a fundraising fashion show in September and a garden day in October, all while gearing up for their Christmas raffle for which Dr Tormey promised the group he would buy plenty of tickets.
Then finally, after 20 minutes of being Dr Tormey’s ultrasound test subject, Ms Cameron was given a clean bill of health.
“She’ll outlive us all,” Ms Sheedy said.
Dr Sam Tormey gives Shirley Cameron from the Bega Hospital Auxiliary a demonstration of how the new ultrasound works watched on by (from left) acting nurse manager Louise Armstrong, Anne Sheedy, director of nursing and midwifery Nicole Tate, Dorothy Mullaney, Valerie Rose and Joan West.
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