Thank you for the wonderful difference you make! By donating to the Canberra Hospital Foundation you are supporting high-quality healthcare at the public hospitals within our own local community. Your gifts are changing lives.
We speak to so many people who will always be grateful for the care they received, care enhanced through your generous giving. We share just a few of their stories below so you can really grasp your impact. If reading about these stories inspires you to give, we very much appreciate your support.
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71 funding applications supported by the Foundation
As a healthcare charity we recognise the positive impact expressions of gratitude can have during the care experience. Gifts make a positive difference to the patients and families we serve in the wider Canberra region who are in of need treatment at public hospital, health care or walk in centre.
Thanks to the generous gifts over this past financial year, the Foundation was able to support 71 funding applications which included 15 applications within the Grant Round. The funding has been distributed across areas of Canberra Hospital, University of Canberra Hospital, Centenary Hospital for Women & Children, Canberra Region Cancer Centre, community health and walk-in centres.
This wonderful support has enabled the purchase of innovative medical equipment, supported clinical trials and therapeutic programs as well as refurbishments of away from bed spaces
Examples of key items funded
Hal is an advanced paediatric simulator that is capable of simulating life like emotions. Specialised lifesaving procedures can be practiced on the mannequin in a safe environment. The mannequin is designed to help clinicians develop specialised skills and improve the team dynamics needed to effectively communicate, diagnose, and treat young patients.
Image credit: Gaumard Scientific, gaumard.com
Portable Cardiac Ultrasound Machine
As a large proportion of our patients travel from outside of the Canberra region, we are aiming to provide localised cardiology care to our rural neighbours. This service will give people who have difficulties traveling to Canberra Hospital an opportunity to see a specialist in their home community and have availability of the important diagnostic procedure of the portable cardiac ultrasound machine.
Image credit: GE Healthcare https://www.gehealthcare.com.au/
Obi Feeding Device
The Obi Feeder will allow patients to independently feed themselves. It allows patients to control what, when and how much food they wish to consume at mealtimes. Trials have indicated that the use of an automatic feeder may result in increased consumption of a meal, reduced patient fatigue, improved enjoyment of a meal and increased opportunity for socialisation with others over a meal. The Obi Feeder makes eating enjoyable again, and not a chore.
Image credit: WILA Innovations Pty Ltd www.wila-products.com.au
2 recliner chairs for Pathology
The new recliner chairs at the Canberra Hospital Pathology clinic will increase comfort for pregnant women who have needed to fast for a particular blood test which can take up to 2.5hrs to complete. This may mean they feel faint or unwell while waiting to conclude their testing. Being able to lie down with their feet up is a great support and comfort for these expecting mums.
Image credit: Dalcross Medical Equipment, https://www.dalcross.com.au/
From challenging beginnings to happy family life
Zane’s start in life was not the one his parents Denver and Michelle Farrar anticipated when they learned their first baby was on the way. They were so excited, but their joy soon turned to fear. Michelle’s 12-week scan revealed it was a high-risk pregnancy. By week 31, a scan at Canberra Hospital found their baby wasn’t growing. Michelle was rushed in for an emergency c-section. Tiny Zane was born weighing just 990 grams. He could only manage 0.1ml of milk at a time and needed urgent care in the hospital’s newborn intensive care unit (NICU).
Denver and Michelle have been so grateful for the expert care Zane received that they made a very special decision. They became monthly donors to the Canberra Hospital Foundation. They are so glad to be able to give back to the NICU, helping them save more kids and premature babies like Zane.
Zane celebrating last Christmas
Jim's Cancer Journey
Liberal Senator Jim Molan is another patient whose gratitude inspired him to become a donor like you. Jim had been struggling with nagging back pain. He put it down to age. But a scan told another story. In March he was told it was from metastasised cancer – and it was aggressive and widespread. Jim, his wife Anne and their children, were deep in shock. But they’d been given some hope too. There were treatments that could prolong his life. Jim has received care at the Canberra Region Cancer Centre (CRCC). And Anne has one word for his medical team – “magnificent”.
Jim and Anne celebrate at ‘The Bell’ in early May 2020, marking the end of Jim’s short radiotherapy course.
Thanks to your kindness, you are helping a growing number of people in our community overcome hardship or distress caused by illness, disability or injury.
“Our ward for the past few months has had the privilege in providing end of life care to quite a few patients. The bed covers, may they be knitted or patchwork, are the first items our nursing staff use to comfort the patients in their last days or weeks. Feedback from the patients has been: “they feel very special” “it reminds them of home” and “they provide warmth and comfort”.
Feedback from the patients’ families has been: “the blankets are something they can take home to remember their loved ones” and their loved ones smell remains.” These blankets and quilts are very special to our family’s and a vital part of our ward in providing a keep sake and to provide love and care towards our patients.
Staff member, General Medicine Ward CCC, 7B.
“Life’s been pretty good to me in most respects, and it makes me feel good to do things for others when I can.”
Bob, Grateful Patient
“Witnessing and facilitating beautiful moments during the worst day in a family’s life is profoundly moving. So, it is with deep gratitude to the Hospital Foundation that we tell this story of a recent death where we used both the Foundation funded Cuddle Bed and the Foundation funded Delta Dog to facilitate a beautiful and intimate death. Both the dog-loving patient and the distressed family member settled with the consolation of proximity to each other and the comforting touch of ‘man’s best friend.’ With thanks for funding such worthy projects.”
Tess Knight, ICU
“Just wanted to feedback back to you our first interaction with our new staff member on the ward. The patients (and staff) were very happy with the visit. I noticed it lifted patients’ spirits on the wards, and especially on Adolescents with our mental health patients, it gave us another strategy to use to facilitate our engagement with them.”
Staff member, Adolescent & Medical Wards, Department of Paediatrics, Centenary Hospital for Women and Children