The Far North Queensland community raised $1.4 million towards a second cardiac catheter laboratory at Cairns Hospital. Funds were initially raised through the Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge bike ride from Cairns to Cooktown, and was topped up by several events, and large donations. The project is on track to be completed in 2018, and will mean less patients have to travel to Townsville or Brisbane for cardiac treatment.
Our Paediatric Playground opened in time for Christmas 2015. The state-of-the-art Paediatric Playground has been built adjacent to the Children's Ward at Cairns Hospital in conjunction with the hospital redevelopment. The Paediatric Playground benefits the whole family. Patients have access to a new, all weather playground designed to maximise rehabilitation, education and having fun. It has become an area of relaxation for families, a place for parents to spend some down time and recharge their batteries to help support their children. We are currently raising funds to support other Paediatric programs.
Our Contribution $700,000
Construction of the facility to house the PET-CT scanner began in March, 2015. The first PET-CT scanner for the region is in the Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre, part of Cairns Hospital's E-Block . PET-CT scans can detect cancer in its early stages and can monitor and assist with cancer treatment.
This is a huge milestone for our health service and ensures patients will not need to travel to receive this service, now that the machine is operational. As a Foundation we are proud of our contribution to continue to support services in the region.
Our Contribution $1.6 million
As part of Cairns Hospital's redevelopment, the Foundation has contributed $1.6 million, our biggest single spend to date, towards the latest innovations in patient entertainment systems. The new systems enable patients to access free-to-air television, radio, as well as their personalised health care plan. In the future, the system will enable patients to access the internet and Skype, enabling them to reduce the social isolation that can occur during hospital stays.
Our Contribution $398,000
Orthopaedic trauma patients in the Far North are the first in Queensland to undergo surgery via state-of-the-art computer guided technology. The Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation bought the $398,000 technology for the Cairns Hospital to enable faster surgeries, quicker recovery times and less radiation exposure to staff and patients.