New equipment is on the way for Clare Hospital as part of a wider boost to country hospitals in South Australia.
Thanks to a grant worth more than $400,000 from The Hospital Research Foundation, Clare Hospital will receive a continuous glucose monitoring system for patients with diabetes and a pedal exercise machine for renal dialysis patients.
The exercise machine will be located in the hospital’s dialysis unit.
Peterborough Hospital will also receive a continuous glucose monitoring system.
There are also a number of SphygmoCor systems, Virtual Clinical Care home monitoring kits, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring kits and holter monitors purchased with the locations for these machines still to be determined.
Country Health SA Chief Executive Officer Maree Geraghty said the grant would enable more country South Australians to be treated closer to home.
“The grant is a fantastic and generous gesture, which will enable CHSA to purchase vital equipment for our hospitals,” she said.
“I would like to say a big thank you to The Hospital Research Foundation.”
Country Health SA’s Executive Director of Medical Services Dr Hendrika Meyer said the funding was being used to purchase equipment in the areas of cardiovascular care, renal, birthing and diabetes.
“As a result of purchasing this new equipment, more country people will be able to be treated closer to home and, in some cases where clinically appropriate, patients will be able to use some of the equipment in the comfort of their own homes,” Dr Meyer said.
“Enabling country patients to receive ongoing care close to home and loved ones is a key focus for Country Health SA, and this fantastic donation from The Hospital Research Foundation helps us save more patients time and money, as well as improved patient outcomes.”
The Hospital Research Foundation’s CEO, Paul Flynn, said the Foundation was pleased to support patient care initiatives in regional South Australia.
“There are many wonderful specialists and healthcare professionals across country SA and the Foundation is proud to be able to support their great work through this grant,” Mr Flynn said.
“This lifesaving equipment will give regional communities greater access to a range of health services in more convenient locations, reducing travel to Adelaide and eliminating unnecessary stress at a time of need.”