Rotary sponsors medical equipment for Nepean Hospital

Two pieces of vital medical equipment have found their way to the emergency department at Nepean Hospital thanks to a Rotary International Global Grant.

Lower Blue Mountains Rotary initiated the $50,000 Global Grant - 'Caring for Children' - with support from Rotary District 9685, another local Rotary Club, and a Rotary District and five Clubs in India.

Rotary's Friends of Nepean Emergency committee initiated the campaign and local Rotarians contributed $25,000 towards the cost.

The equipment includes a retinal fundus eye camera to detect and diagnose eye injuries/diseases. The hand held camera takes a permanent image which can be sent off site to specialist doctors at any time.

The donation also included a 'Giraffe Warmer' machine specially designed to resuscitate babies and small children in emergency situations.

Emergency Department Nurse practitioner Linda Hasler said the eye camera had already picked up two severe retinal conditions shortly after delivery.

This equipment is the second major gift to Nepean Emergency initiated by Lower Blue Mountains Rotary's FONE Committee in recent months.

Earlier this year, a Lumify Vascular Scanner valued at $10,000 was donated to help hospital staff with inserting intravenous drips/cannulas in patients with difficult/ hard to find/small veins.

The FONE Committee members have also taken time to decorate some sections of the emergency department to create a more welcoming atmosphere for children.