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Posted by admin, July 6, 2016 5:00 am


A beautifully crafted wooden seat has been donated to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation to help patients at the new Cancer Care Unit.347

It was a joint donation from the B’R’EST Friends Support Group and David and Selina Petersen who with their infamous pink tractor were taking donations at last year’s Agro Trend.

Bundaberg Health Services Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the seat would be very well used by cancer patients particularly those awaiting collection from their treatment.

B’R’EST Friends member Maxine Burrage said the group wanted to give back something to the community and as having been through cancer at some point members wanted to help out others undergoing cancer treatment.

Posted by admin, 4:58 am

Patients will be the big winners following a donation by a Masonic Lodge to the Bundaberg Health Services DSCF4691Foundation.

Health Services Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the Tyrian Masonic Lodge donated $3400 to buy equipment and materials for the Wide Bay Community Care Unit  (CCU) which is a mental health recovery based program within the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service in Bundaberg.

Ms Burnet said that Masonic Lodge members in the region had been very generous donors to the Foundation and including this donation they have given $32,900 to assist in the support of patient services at Bundaberg Hospital during the past six years.

CCU’s Team Leader Catherine Dingsdag said many of the unit’s clients had extremely low self-esteem, limited living skills due to the effects of their illness and some never had role models or parents to tech them life skills, basic craft or practical skills.

“As a result they have not learned a number of what would be considered foundational skills of life,’’ Ms Dingsdag said.

“Our aim is to incorporate a range of activities that will develop self confidence, teach a range of practical skills and more importantly assist with a recovery-based program that will prepare them for independent living and the potential to gain new skills that may lead to employment opportunities.

Ms Burnet said that thanks to the Tyrian Masonic Lodge donation a range of non-government funded equipment was purchased including arts, craft, woodworking, mechanics and recreational materials.

Posted by admin, March 3, 2016 11:23 pm

The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation is seeking expressions of interest from peope interested in working on a volunteer board to help oversee and improve patient services in the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service, primarily Bundaberg Hospital. Expressions of interest close on Friday, March 18. For further information telephone 4150 2863 or email bhs-foundation

Posted by admin, September 13, 2015 1:09 am

Having somewhere safe and close to medical facilities is very important for Kristy Edmonds who is awaiting the birth of her second child.

Kristy Edmonds (seated) with Foundation manager Maria Burnet at Rotary Lodge.

Kristy Edmonds (seated) with Foundation manager Maria Burnet at Rotary Lodge.

Rotary Lodge, on-site at BundabergHospital, is the perfect home-away-from-home for patients and carers who are seeking medical treatment and supporting loved ones.

Kristy, from Gayndah, arrived on July 14 and will stay until the birth of her child, expected on July 28.

Managed by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation, July marks the first anniversary of the Lodge being within the BundabergHospital campus and it is evident by the numbers who have stayed that the Lodge is an important part of the health infrastructure.

The Lodge, which was formerly at leased premises in Woongarra Street, has welcomed 2643 guests since opening its doors four years ago.

And numbers have significantly increased since moving to the hospital campus with 1200 people staying since July last year a rise of 25% compared to 730 for the same period the previous year.

The Foundation manages the five-bedroom Lodge with support from the WideBayHospital and Health Service.

Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the home offered low cost accommodation for carers, family members and those patients requiring ongoing medical treatment at the BundabergHospital, the Mater and Friendly Society Private hospitals. There also has been an increased number of patients using the new Oceana Oncology Unit.

“The Lodge has received incredible support from local Rotary Clubs, community groups, individuals and also the North Burnett Regional Council who recently donated another $10,000 which we are so grateful to receive,’’ she said.

“It’s wonderful being a part of the Lodge which has improved the circumstances of so many people who are ill or injured, giving birth, undergoing life-saving treatment and those supporting their loved ones in hospital,’’ Ms Burnet said.

“In May we had our record month with an incredible 190 coming through the doors and the birth of five beautiful babies.’’

“The guests are our best advertisement with the testimonials speaking highly of the need for this facility. A gentleman, who became a first time dad, left this week describing it as a five star home. Having been here two weeks in the lead-up to his partner giving birth, he was very grateful for the comfort and convenience.’’

Patients requiring accommodation, who are not eligible for the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme pay just $40 per person or $60 a double, which is considerably less than a motel.

Figures from March 2014-July 2015:

Mundubbera 566

Other places 557

Monto 358

Gayndah 317

Biggenden 265

Agnes Water 234

Eidsvold 131

Childers 116

Gin Gin 59

Mt Perry 33

HerveyBay 5

Gladstone 2

Posted by admin, August 18, 2014 3:33 am

Every time you purchase a $2 raffle ticket or a $2 wall token at your local Woolworths store, you are helping to work wonders for sick kids, with Woolworths partnering the Children’s Hospital Foundation granting funds to purchase vital medical equipment for regional communities across Queensland, including the Bundaberg Hospital.DSCF2216

Since 2010, the Children’s Hospital Foundation has granted $56,000 to the Bundaberg Hospital’s paediatric ward with an ongoing commitment from Woolworths to support paediatric care in regional hospitals.

Bundaberg Health Service Foundation’s Manager Maria Burnet said staff and patients from Bundaberg Hospital were extremely grateful to Woolworth’s staff and their customers for their fundraising initiatives and thanked the Bundaberg community for their ongoing support.

“It’s important that local people know that when they support Woolworths’ fundraising initiatives, including purchase of $2 raffle tickets and wall tokens sold at the check-out register, that funds are invested in their local region, including children’s wards in local hospitals’’ Ms Burnet said.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of  our local community and Woolworths staff who are helping make a difference and raise money for children’s hospitals in their communities.’’

Staff from the four Woolworths Bundaberg stores visited Bundaberg Hospital on Thursday, July 17 to see firsthand two state-of-the-art Philips Observation Monitors valued at $15,000 each that measure heart rate, respirations and oxygen saturation levels for critically ill infants and children.

This September, Woolworths will run a $2 wall token campaign and it is hoped that funds raised will enable another monitor to be purchased for the children’s ward at the Bundaberg Hospital.

Funds from the 2011 appeal ($11,000) purchased an i-STAT machine which offers a range of tests for diagnostic and treatment indicators relating to management of the patient’s condition. This vital piece of equipment has eliminated the need to send blood work off to pathology, with results sometimes taking up to 72 hours.

The 2010 donation of $10,000 bought video monitoring equipment to monitor patients at risk of seizures, apnoea monitors and a new camera to take quality photographs of burns/wounds/rashes which can be emailed to Brisbane medical consultants. While the $5000 donation in 2009 was used to fund paediatric staff professional development.

Bundaberg’s Woolworths Area Manager, Elena Marshall said: “We would like to thank all our generous customers and dedicated staff that helped raise this extraordinary amount. Woolworths is proud to continue to support the Bundaberg Hospital and help local families and kids.”


Posted by admin, 3:00 am

Members of the Gin Gin Community Bank (Bendigo branch) visited Bundaberg Hospital to see two major equipment purchases they have assisted in purchasing.DSCF2363

From two separate donations this bank has donated $7044 to the Foundation. This along with donations from two Masonic Lodge groups – Corinthian Royal Arch Chapter and Athole – Lodge No 53 – has totalled $10,000 towards the purchase of a specialist recliner chair and Wanderers’ Alert Kit.

The specialist chair will be used in various wards to encourage critically ill patients to mobilise out of bed to reduce their risk of blood clots and chest infections.

The alert kit will be used in Rehabilitation, a very homely environment, which cares for many elderly patients and those who suffer from dementia. These kits allow the patients more mobile independence and permits regular movement of care givers, guests and family members through a protected door entrance.

Amazing support which will benefit patients well into the future. THANK YOU



Posted by admin, June 26, 2014 2:40 am

Three Bundaberg nurses have each been awarded a nursing scholarship to undertake advanced training which will lead to higher nursing qualifications and ultimately help improve the well being of local patients.

Melanie Robinson, Liz Sellwood and Naisam Sainudeen

Melanie Robinson, Liz Sellwood and Naisam Sainudeen

The Winnie May Scholarship is co-ordinated by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation, in honour of nurse Winnie May who devoted her life to nursing. Ms May was the niece of Dr Thomas May who was the founding father of Bundaberg Hospital from 1879.

The scholarship is funded by Dr May’s descendents and since this began in 2004 more than $75,000 has been given to provide nurse education for staff at Bundaberg Hospital.

Foundation chair Mrs Janet Tallon said that patients would be the ultimate scholarship ‘winners’ when the studies were completed and implemented to further improve patient care.

Liz Sellwood, a registered nurse on the Surgical Ward, received $3000 to undertake a Master of Nursing through QLD University of Technology specialising in Acute Care.

This will provide her with a specific knowledge base combined with advanced clinical skills to care for the increasing complexity and acuity of surgical patient on this ward.

Naisam Sainudeen, a registered nurse on the Rehabilitation Ward, wishes to broaden his professional knowledge and advance his skills in patient care through a Certificate course in Chronic Disease and Palliative care.

He received $1500 towards his studies which will provide him with a unique set of skills to support not only patients facing the end of life but also families and communities supporting them.

The third recipient was Melanie Robinson who also received $1500 for her studies in neonatal nursing. Ms Robinson is a registered nurse/midwife in the Bundaberg Family Unit who is currently completing the Transition to Neonatology and wants to then undertake a post-graduate degree in neonatal nursing through the Australian College of Nurses.

It has been Melanie’s passion and long term professional goal to become a specialised neonatal nurse.

Posted by admin, April 14, 2014 1:32 am

A wonderful donation of $4522 received to buy a specialised recliner chair for Bundaberg Hospital.009

This was provided by the Gin Gin Bendigo Community Bank ($3522) and the Corinthian Chapter of Freemasons QLD.

These specialist chairs are very good for patients especially during unexpected events like a cardiac arrest or seizures as they can lie flat for resuscitation.

This allows prompt management rather than waiting for wards men to come and lift them back to bed, while someone is trying to prevent them from falling.

Patients are also encouraged to mobilise out of bed into chairs to reduce their risk of blood clots and chest infections.


Posted by admin, March 19, 2014 6:03 am

Teens involved in two very successful fundraising activities in 2013 for the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation have seen just what joy they can bring to sick children.

The tenpin bowling representatives.

The tenpin bowling representatives.

Members of the Bundaberg Junior Tenpin Bowling Association and bicycle rider Mitch Dwyer visited Bundaberg hospital recently to see what equipment purchases had been made from their marathon bowling event and Childers to Charity Bike Ride.

 Manager of the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation Maria Burnet said it was always great for donors to take a tour and see just how their fundraising activities had helped patients and staff.

The marathon bowling event raised $3931 which purchased a new examination couch for the treatment room in the paediatric unit. The previous couch had been at a fixed height making it difficult to perform procedures. The new one has the ability to alter height and make the patient more comfortable.

The 2014 Marathon Bowling Event will be held on July 13 and fundraising is already underway to ensure another successful event.

The Childers To Charity, where Mitch rode from Bundaberg to ChildersHospital, raised $3333 which was used to buy a new sofa bed for one of the isolation rooms. The previous beds had metal springs which were deteriorating.

Mitch Dwyer on the new sofa bed.

Mitch Dwyer on the new sofa bed.

“It’s important that parents are able to stay with their children in hospital as it has a positive impact on the child and their recovery and these beds will ensure greater comfort during their time in the ward,” Ms Burnet said.

Funds raised for the Foundation are used to buy non-government funded equipment, the extras that make a stay more comfortable and help enhance their care.

Ms Burnet said the tenpin bowling association and marathon co-ordinator Del Ross were once again planning this year’s event to be held in at the Bundy Bowl and Leisure Centre in the early part of this year.

People who wish to organise fundraisers to help local patients should contact Ms Burnet at the Foundation on 4150 2863.

Posted by admin, 5:54 am

Members of the Truck Drive for Kids Committee toured the hospital recently to see exactly where their donation has gone to help paediatric patients.

Lions members Kay Mason, Jill Yarnold, Dorothy Grima and Stan Mason visit the Special Care Nursery to see the new blanket warmer.

Lions members Kay Mason, Jill Yarnold, Dorothy Grima and Stan Mason visit the Special Care Nursery to see the new blanket warmer.

The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation received $8500 from last year’s event to purchase much needed non-government funded medical equipment.

The money has been used to buy a new sofa bed for use by a parent staying overnight with their child in the paediatric ward and a blanket warmer for the Special Care Nursery.

“This annual event has been a fantastic initiative of the Combined Lions Clubs which has raised $64,300 for sick children at Bundaberg Hospital,’’ Foundation manager Maria Burnet said.

“This is due to the fantastic organisation of the event and also the wonderful community support given to the fundraiser,’’ Ms Burnet said.

“These generous donations by the Combined Lions Clubs have ensured the purchase of so much non-Government funded equipment which has improved outcomes for paediatric patients,’’ Ms Burnet said.

“People out there in the community are extremely generous in supporting these fundraising campaigns and they can be assured that money is being well utilised to help our local younger patients and relieve stress for parents caring for their sick children,’’ Ms Burnet said.

The 2014 Truck Drive for Kids will be held on March 30 at Bundaberg Recreational Precinct.

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