Children’s health looked after with Police Donation

Tuesday, 20 November 2012
CHILDREN’S health will be better monitored at Portland District Health thanks to new equipment bought with a donation by local police.

Nearly $23,000 was donated from the Portland Police Social Club for five new mobile paediatric vital sign monitors, two
electronic thermometers and a pulse oximeter, used for measuring blood oxygen levels.
The monitors measure temperature, blood pressure, blood oxygen and heart rate, and will be used predominantly for ear, nose and throat patients, of which there are roughly eight each fortnight.
Senior Constable Graham Sealey said the money had accumulated over years of fundraising.
“It was originally money from the old toy fund for kids’ Christmas presents, but the Salvos and the Target Christmas tree now take care of that… so we had to use the money somewhere else, and it’s the community’s money, so we
wanted to put it into something everybody can benefit from,” Sen Const Sealey said.
“Everybody’s going to benefit from this, whether they’ve got a sick kid, or if a friend of a friend does.”
Portland District Health director of nursing Frank Megens thanked the police for their generous fundraising efforts.
“The donation will assist our hospital to continue to provide quality health care to the younger members of our community,” Mr Megens said.
North ward unit manager Joanne Brewster said the new monitors ensured greater accuracy when monitoring patients and also recording more long-term data.
STORY BY Huw Cushing, Portland Observer PICTURE BY Josh Nash, Portland Observer

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