A GENEROUS donation from the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation is set to save nursing time at Cairns Hospital.
Renal and Respiratory Ward Nurse Unit Manager Anne-Marie Tolsma said the $15,554 portable bladder scanner meant they would no longer have to borrow a unit from another ward.
“We use these at least five times a day so it will save us time on having to ferry a scanner from another ward, which also needs it,” Ms Tolsma said.
“If a patient is retaining urine it can affect treatment and can be quite dangerous so we need to know the urinary bladder volume as this dictates the treatment we provide,” she said.
“We’re really very grateful for this piece of equipment because it will save us time and we’re very excited to have our own unit now. It wouldn’t have been possible without the Foundation’s donation.”
Regular Foundation donors Les and Anne Mills, who provided the $15,500, are always thrilled to see the equipment they fund being used.
“This is wonderful for us to see the equipment being used and the staff are so appreciative which makes us feel good about our donation,” Mr Mills said.
Foundation CEO Tony Franz said it was rewarding to be able to provide equipment to staff that helped patients recover more quickly and gave better medical outcomes.
“This is what the Foundation is all about – providing equipment and resources that make a difference to people’s lives every day,” Mr Franz said.
For further information, to donate or volunteer for the Foundation visit www.fnqhf.org.au.
PHOTO: Renal and Respiratory Ward Acting Nurse Unit Manager Yvonne Hennebery, Integrated Medicine Acting Nursing Director Medicine 2 Division 2 Vicky Kenneally, Renal and Respiratory Ward Nurse Unit Manager Anne-Marie Tolsma, Anne and Les Mills, Foundation CEO Tony Franz.Back to all news