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Posted by admin, August 6, 2012 8:14 am

A recent donation from ESA International members to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation will assist cancer patients at Bundaberg Hospital.

The Foundation made a funding submission to ESA Gin Gin Beta Epsilon Branch late last year.

The Foundation’s mission is to help provide medical equipment (non funded by the government) – the extras that are so vital to patient care and comfort.

Foundation manager Maria Burnet said that with health care becoming more centralised, so many patients have to travel to Bundaberg to access high-end services including chemotherapy.

The Foundation received $1752 which was used to purchase portable DVD players, Apple IPODS, stereo system, DVDs,  DVD player, notebook computer to download music, and headphones for oncology patients in the Day Therapy Unit.

“These items will be a welcome distraction to oncology patients as they undergo exhausting and draining treatment on a regular basis and those patients receiving infusions for other medical conditions,’’ Ms Burnet said. “There also is evidence that music is able to provide a therapeutic environment for patients.’’

Bright pink wristbands were also purchased for breast cancer patients who have had lymph nodes removed.

“The bracelets will immediately alert medical staff that they should not take blood pressure or insert IV drips into that particular arm,’’ McGrath Breastcancer Nurse Margie Mears said.

This equipment benefits not only Bundaberg patients but also those from the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service which includes Gin Gin.

“We are very grateful that the members of ESA considered this application worthwhile and during their visit to the hospital recently they were given a first-hand look at just how grateful the patients are in being able to have this extra equipment,’’ Ms Burnet said.

Beta Epsilon conducts meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at the H.H. Innes room at 7.30pm. The 1st Tuesday is a business meeting with the 3rd Tuesday being a monthly education program which can be presented by members or guest speakers.

Beta Epsilon hosts and assists with a number of community events and programs, and raise funds for cancer and local non profit.

President Helen Jensen said the group fostered personal achievement through education of members and service to the community.

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