Australian Breastfeeding Association Warrnambool Group leader Suellen Dodson, Spotlight Sew Centre manager Sheree Rentsch, Delta Therapy Dogs Program members Barbara Kirkby and Lacy and Shannon McKay with Mawson and Warrnambool Chevy Car Club s Ella Baudinette. 121213VH20 Picture: VICKY HUGHSONCHRISTMAS came early at the Warrnambool Base Hospital last week.
Thanks to some generous local organisations, the hospital took delivery of a new electronic breast pump for the maternity ward and funding for 12 months of Delta Therapy Dogs placement in the mental health area.
The donations have also helped the hospital to take big steps towards full funding for the purchase of a reconstructive microscope, a new paediatric vital signs monitor and funding for therapy dog visits in the palliative care and rehabilitation units next year.
The electronic breast pump was donated by the Australian Breast Feeding Association Warrnambool group at a cost of $4000.
Group leader Suellen Dodson said the money was raised from the annual baby and children’s bonanza.
“It’s an expensive piece of equipment so we were very happy to be able to help the hospital out with that.” she said.
The Chevrolet Car Club of Victoria south-west branch raised $1900 from its display at the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic finish line with $500 donated toward the therapy dogs visits and the remainder going towards the vital signs monitor.
Spotlight Warrnambool’s annual student design awards night also contributed with the $6608 raised going towards the purchase of a $141,000 reconstructive microscope.
South West Healthcare’s community partnerships manager Suzan Morey said the hospital was extremely grateful to the groups generous donations.
“These four groups are always big supporters of the hospital and we can’t thank them enough,” she said.
“We are well on the way to reaching the fund-raising goal for the paediatric vital signs monitor, only needing another $287 to meet the $9417 total.
“The reconstructive microscope is essential for breast flap surgery. We still need $55,454 for that, which we hope to have by Christmas so we can get the ordering and staff training process underway.”