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Posted by admin, July 14, 2010 1:39 am

Palliative care patients will benefit from a $1390 donation from Inner Wheel Club of Bundaberg Sunset which was handed over to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.

Health Services Foundation chairman Janet Tallon said the donation would help palliative patients in their own homes.

“It is tremendous to see a local organisation like the Inner Wheel providing such a large donation that will benefit so many local people,” Mrs Tallon said.

Palliative Access co-ordinator Rene Huysamen said the donation had gone towards purchasing a variety of items, including wheelchairs, to assist patients to stay in their own homes in comfort.

“We are thrilled with the donation from Inner Wheel these items will make a difference to our patients and their carers and enable them to be at home instead of hospital,” Ms Huysamen said.

Ms Huysamen said that at anyone time there were about 85 patients in the Bundaberg region needing assistance from Palliative Access.

The aim of palliative care is to support clients, their carers and families in their own home and to maintain comfort, dignity and quality of life.

Care is provided by multidisciplinary teams including doctors, nurses, allied health staff and volunteers.

“We work together to enhance the care for those living with a terminal disease as well as support the carers in their caring role and this donation of equipment goes a long way in helping our team,” Ms Huysamen said.

Another recent donation to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation was a 42 inch high definition television with set top box in perfection condition.

It is now on the Bundaberg Hospital’s medical ward and it will give patients something to take their attention off while recovering and it also helps family members who spend long hours on the ward with their loved ones.

It was kindly donated by Pam Norton and family who were upgrading and didn’t want a perfectly good piece of equipment to go to waste.

For more information about donating goods in kind or monetary donations to assisting sick patients and their families please contact the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation on 4150 2863.


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