VITAL lifesaving devices and equipment to improve patient and visitor experience were among donated items provided recently to Glen Innes Hospital by the Hospital Auxiliary.
The Glen Innes Hospital Auxiliary raised $53,000 through its annual general fundraising program in 2105/16 to buy items to support the hospital.
Cathryn Jones, Acting Operations Manager, Tablelands Sector, said the Auxiliary played a valuable role in supporting the operations of the hospital.
"A Trilogy portable ventilator, a new ECG machine, a manual lifting device and two mobile monitoring observation units were among the medical equipment bought for the hospital through the Auxiliary's fundraising efforts," said Mrs Jones.
"The Auxiliary has also provided six new televisions for patient areas and bought furnishings and equipment to complement the newly refurbished palliative care unit. These include a patient care bed, two single sofa beds to allow family members and support people to stay near loved ones overnight, as well as kitchen furnishings, appliances and tableware."
The Auxiliary raised $16,000 to enclose the outdoor area of the palliative care unit, to provide a more comfortable, all-weather environment for patients, families and visitors.
Auxiliary Treasurer Elizabeth McCarthy said the fundraising was a whole-of-community effort, with the money raised through stalls, raffles and community donations.
"We are very grateful to our community members and organisations for their support. We wouldn't be able to provide these valuable items for our local hospital without them," Mrs McCarthy said.
"People in our community have a strong connection with the local hospital. It is our aim through fundraising to provide items that improve patient care and ensure the hospital experience is the best it can be."
Mrs Jones said: "We are very grateful for the generosity of the community and the hard work of Auxiliary members in providing these annual donations of equipment and items."