Two vital medical devices have found their way to the emergency department at Nepean Hospital thanks to a Rotary International Global Grant.
The Lower Blue Mountains Rotary launched the $ 50,000 Global Grant – ‘Caring for Children’ – with support from Rotary District 9685, another local Rotary Club and a Rotary District and five clubs in India.
The Rotary Friends of Nepean Emergency Committee launched the campaign, and local Rotarians contributed $ 25,000 to the cost.
The equipment includes a retinal fundus eye camera to detect and diagnose eye injuries / diseases. The handheld camera takes a permanent picture, which can be sent out of place to specialists at any time.
The donation also included a ‘Giraffe Warmer’ machine specially designed to revive babies and young children in emergencies.
Emergency nurse Linda Hasler said the eye camera had already captured two serious retinal conditions shortly after birth.
This equipment is the second major gift for Nepean Emergency launched by the Lower Blue Mountains Rotary FONE Committee in recent months.
Earlier this year, a $ 10,000 Lumify Vascular Scanner was donated to help hospital staff insert intravenous drips / needles into patients with hard / hard to find / small veins.
The members of the FONE committee have also taken the time to decorate some sections of the emergency room to create a more welcoming atmosphere for children.