Hospital equipment donation appreciated

Staff at Wyong Hospital have welcomed the continued generosity of the members of Wyong Women’s Bowling Club, who have made another donation to improve the comfort of patients.
Following their charity day held in October, 2018, the club, with support from the men’s bowling club, donated funds for the Hospital to purchase a hoverjack, which is used to safely lift patients on to a bed or stretcher following a fall.
Director of Nursing at Wyong Hospital, Sue Evans, said the donation would be of great benefit to staff and patients.
“A hoverjack is placed under a patient while they are lying on their back.
“It is then gradually inflated to gently lift a patient from the floor to bed height.
“The patient is then transferred to their bed,” Evans said.
“This method of lifting maximises the comfort of patients while minimising the risk of injury to our staff.
“Thank you to all the bowling club’s members for their hard work organising the charity day and for their ongoing support of Wyong Hospital.
“It is greatly appreciated,” she said.
Members of the Wyong Women’s Bowling Club visited Wyong Hospital recently for a demonstration of lifting and moving a patient using the hoverjack.
“It was wonderful to have the opportunity to see how the staff work together to assist their patients,” Club member, Eileen Fitzgerald, said.
“We are pleased we have been able to provide equipment that will make a big difference to patients and also help the staff.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported our charity day, whether as a player or event organiser. It was a great team effort,” Fitzgerald said.

Media release, Feb 26
Sharna Ryan, Central Coast Local Health District

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