New Pumps To Improve Chemotherapy Service

Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Five new medication pumps donated by community bike-riding efforts will ease the burden for chemotherapy patients at Portland District Health.

The Lions Club of Portland and Portland Aluminium Murray to Moyne teams and the Beats Cycle for Hope team have donated the pumps which will be used in the hospital's new chemotherapy service.

PDH Community engagement officer Carolyn Malseed said the donations were a great example of community groups supporting the hospital and local people.

There has been very high use of our chemotherapy room which is helping local people to receive services closer to home, Ms Malseed said.

These pumps will further improve the service for clients.

PDH Director of Nursing Ros Alexander said the pumps would be used to deliver chemotherapy drugs.

It will make it easier for patients who come to PDH for their chemotherapy treatment,Ms Alexander said.

The pumps are set at a certain rate as determined by the doctor and the medication is delivered to patients safely exactly as prescribed,she said.

Four new pumps have been donated by the Murray to Moyne teams and one from the Beats fundraisers. Plaques will be added to the pumps to recognise the donations.

The pumps cost about $4000 each.

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