Funding vital equipment
Having the most up-to-date specialist equipment can mean the difference between life and death for patients being treated in Gold Coast public hospitals. Gold Coast Hospital Foundation funds the purchase of equipment that enables Gold Coast Health clinicians to provide patients with world-class care, swifter diagnosis and the best possible treatment.
Generous community donations enable the Foundation to purchase more than 100 vital pieces of medical equipment every year from the wish list of Gold Coast Health clinical professionals. This equipment helps relieve distress and hardship for patients, and ranges from equipment that can be loaned to patients, equipment that makes hospital treatment less stressful and more comfortable, and equipment that helps get faster and better health outcomes.
Some recent examples of equipment that has been funded include:
- Children’s Ceiling Mapping System
- Storz 3mm Laparoscopic instrument set
- Giraffe OmniBed Carestation
- Quickie IRIS Tilt in space wheelchair
- Bladder Scan device
- Haggis Mask
- 10 x chemotherapy chairs (pictured)
Lifesaving medical equipment helps sick babies
After entering the world by emergency C-section, baby boy Wolf was diagnosed with two rare life-threatening medical disorders – a congenital heart condition and a bowel defect.
Having already endured two urgent open heart surgeries, Wolf underwent another challenging operation on his tiny bowel at 11 months old. An expert neonatal and paediatric surgical team used specialist Laparoscopic equipment measuring just 3mm to make small incisions in his abdomen to reconstruct a passageway and opening at the end of the digestive tract.Read more