United Way Helps PDH

Thursday, 14 March 2013
Mothers, patients and staff at Portland District Health will all benefit from the latest round of funding from United Way Glenelg.

Patient lifting equipment worth $1660 has been purchased for the hospital’s Acute Ward and a new baby change table worth $700 has been installed at the Specialist Centre thanks to the grants.

The funding was part of more than $90,000 allocated in 2012 to the local community by United Way Glenelg.

The slings are used on the hospital’s patient lifting equipment to move patients as part of their daily care requirements.

Director of Nursing Frank Megens said larger sized slings were purchased to accommodate increasing numbers of bariatric patients.

“Importantly these slings increase our ability to care for these patients locally rather than sending them on to other facilities,” Frank said.

The new slings will also improve handling processes for staff.

The baby change table has been installed in the Specialist Centre and has already proven to be a great support for mothers attending the centre.

United Way Glenelg is a community-based organisation that raises and distributes money locally.

“All money raised locally stays locally and assists local people gain access to educational, economic and health related opportunities,” United Way Glenelg Executive Officer Nicole Reefman said.

A community allocation volunteer panel decides on funding allocations based on community needs.

United Way Glenelg is part of a worldwide organisation that has been providing local community programs for the past 25 years.  It has been operating in Glenelg for 14 years and mostly raises money through workplace giving and business sponsorships.

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