MONEY fundraised through crazy hat days and Valentine’s Day by staff from the Department of Human Services has gone towards providing equipment for the renal clinic at Cairns Hospital.
Nurse Unit Manager Janet Hole said the $600 donation was greatly appreciated.
“The Renal Team discussed how best these funds can be utilised by the department and it was agreed the money should be allocated to the purchase of a camera and information booklets from Kidney Health Australia,” Ms Hole said.
Funds were used to buy booklets about renal conditions, treatment and transplants to give to patients, as well as a camera to photograph patients.
“Dialysis clients are required to have a photo of themselves placed in their charts to provide a form of identification for hospital staff. The camera will be used to take the ID photo,” Ms Hole said.
The role of the Renal department is to support clients who are transitioning from early diagnosis of renal disease through to those requiring some form of dialysis treatment such as In-centre or satellite dialysis or a home base treatment which includes Peritoneal Dialysis and Home haemodialysis.
Renal Transplantation and supportive care also are options that are available.
The booklets are given to the Cairns Hospital renal clients and contain invaluable information to help guide and inform the client on the best treatment modality and option for them and help these clients make an informed decision in their care.
The team from the Department of Human Services, Remote Region, Northern Queensland raised the funds over several months through various fundraising activities.
Their teams that work in Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities have been fundraising hard to help those affected by health conditions in their region.
Photo: Left to right: Foundation fundraising and event co-ordinator Lindsay McDonnell, Sally Cahill, Janet Hole and Keri Equinox.
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