North Hamilton Base Hospital Ladies Auxiliary members and WDHS staff get a close look at one of the new humidifiers purchased for the ICU portable ventilators
L-R: Medical Nurse Unit Manager, Aisling Cunningham, Practice Development Nurse – ICU, Tania Stubbs, Director of Nursing, Lorraine Hedley with Auxiliary members, May McLean, Jill Iredell, Cheryl Pitman, Ethel Murray, Kathy Vorwerk, Nancy Taylor, Jean Ross and NHBH Ladies Auxiliary President, Joan Ladd.
Each week, an inspirational group of ladies from the North Hamilton Base Hospital Ladies Auxiliary can be seen taking turns to sell raffle tickets in the Hospital Foyer and at other locations around town.
The ladies recently visited Western District Health Service (WDHS), to see two new portable humidifiers, valued at over $7,000, purchased with their hard earned raffle funds.
Auxiliary President, Joan Ladd says it’s wonderful to see how their countless hours selling tickets has paid off.
“Our ladies have been conducting different raffles to fund this equipment for over 18 months. We support local businesses, by purchasing raffle items from local stores and we have raffled everything from snooker equipment and home wares, to fuel vouchers and even a dinner for two,” Mrs Ladd said.
WDHS Director of Nursing, Lorraine Hedley says she’s delighted with the recent acquisitions for ICU and says the ladies are a true inspiration to others.
“We are so appreciative of the incredible efforts of our Auxiliary members; they are a wonderful example to all. Several members are well into their eighties and even nineties and yet they continue to actively support the Health Service and fund vital equipment for our community,” she said.
The portable humidifiers attach to portable ventilators, adding warmth and moisture to oxygen before it passes into the lungs, reducing the symptoms of dryness and congestion and improving the comfort of patients. In addition to the humidifiers, the Auxiliary also funded a new ophthalmoscope, to conduct eye examinations in the Emergency Department.
“We are very grateful for the Auxiliary’s many contributions to the Hospital over the years, without which we would not have the excellent equipment and quality services currently available,” Ms Hedley said.