GIVING BACK: Health Services Foundation manager Maria Burnet with program manager Bundaberg Hospital Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drug Services Clarissa Schmierer and nurse unit manager Jenny Cooper-Kennedy. The Health Services have used some of the money raised to provide a more relaxed environment in the mental health unit. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
GIVING BACK: Health Services Foundation manager Maria Burnet with program manager Bundaberg Hospital Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drug Services Clarissa Schmierer and nurse unit manager Jenny Cooper-Kennedy. The Health Services have used some of the money raised to provide a more relaxed environment in the mental health unit. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Foundation continues to enhance patient support

IT HAS been another year of growth for the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation with its continued commitment to supporting patient services at Bundaberg Hospital.

In the past financial year, the foundation has provided $97,772 back to the hospital through the purchase of non-government funded equipment, $3000 in nurse training and $45,641.54 on the upkeep and management of Rotary Lodge (a low-cost accommodation option on-site at Bundaberg Hospital).

The result is $146,413.54 being returned to assist patients and staff at Bundaberg Hospital in general.

Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the statistics had been achieved through funding applications, grants, donations and the return of profits from the Foundation's Thirst Aid Café which operates in the foyer of Bundaberg Hospital.

"The support of our local communities, business, community and service groups and individual donors has once again been extremely generous. The Foundation will continue to ensure that this money is used to best serve the health services and it community members," she said.

The establishment of a buggy service to help with patient and visitor transport around the hospital campus and a coffee and chat service at the Cancer Care ward had been two major volunteer initiatives started by the foundation this year.

"This has meant our dedicated volunteer numbers has grown from 25 to 64 and we value the time they give in not only these two new areas but also at Café 641 at the Bundaberg Library and with our trolley service and monthly fundraising barbecues," Ms Burnet said.

One hospital area that received substantial funding on equipment to assist with diversional therapies, to promote improved living skills, was the Mental Health Inpatient Unit

The foundation continued its ongoing commitment to Rotary Lodge.An open day to showcase the facility is being planned for November 21 from 10am to 1pm.



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