Significant donation for Bendigo Health

DONATION: Heather McNeil, Ian Wallace, Heather Wallace, Val Coghill, Sue Tomlinson and Iris Benbow.

DONATION: Heather McNeil, Ian Wallace, Heather Wallace, Val Coghill, Sue Tomlinson and Iris Benbow.

BENDIGO Health's Intensive Care Auxiliary continues to make life-saving contributions to the hospital.

The Intensive Care Unit has a new $20,000 PulsioFlex machine, thanks to the hard work of the auxiliary.

The PulsioFlex monitor provides continuous monitoring of central venous oxygen saturation in patients who are cardiac compromised and requiring support with their blood pressure.

The advantage of the unit is that it connects directly to an arterial line and does not require a secondary invasive line in the heart.

Bendigo Health intensive and coronary care nurse unit manager Sue Tomlinson thanked the Intensive Care Auxiliary for their assistance in purchasing this equipment.

“We are very grateful to the Intensive Care Auxiliary for their continued support of cardiac patients,” she said. "Through this donation, our staff and patients have access to the best and safest equipment available,” she said.

Auxiliary secretary Beth Benbow said the purchase comes after a lot of hard work, time and dedication from members.

The auxiliary has donated more than $1 million to the unit over the past over 35 years.

Meanwhile, one of Bendigo Health's other auxiliaries is calling for help.

Cavell Jones, a 97-year-old Bendigo resident, recently told the Bendigo Advertiser Friends of Simpkin House is desperately in need of some new blood.

Mrs Jones retired from Friends of Simpkin House in December after 15 years of service to the auxiliary. But Mrs Jones is not quite ready to hand up the reins.

"I came back because there's been nobody to help them out and I couldn't possibly leave them without keeping things going ... There must be any amount of people, sitting around thinking what can I do? They could join Simpkin House."

If you are interested in joining on of Bendigo Health's auxiliaries email volunteers@bendigohealth.org.au or call 5454 7690.

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