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Gympie children to benefit from new service

An innovative Telehealth service will connect Gympie Hospital paediatric patients with specialists at SCUH following a successful Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival which raised $31,341.

All funds raised at the August 4 event will be directed to the needs of Gympie Hospital with the first item – a $19,532 Telehealth Service – to be ticked off the Wish List.

Andrew and Michelle Dunkley, Jo and Josef Zopf - Pic courtesy of The Gympie Times.

Andrew and Michelle Dunkley, Jo and Josef Zopf – Pic courtesy of The Gympie Times.

“Unwell children presenting to our emergency department will have access to specialist paediatric emergency consultants via telehealth, liaising with our local emergency consultants to provide optimised paediatric medicine for the health outcomes of the child,” Acting Director of Nursing Nick Jones said.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said having access to the facility would allow for timely transfers to benefit young patients and would also aid families who don’t necessarily have to travel to SCUH for treatment.

“The community really turned out for this event for the third year in the row,” Ms Rowe said.

“As always, funds raised in Gympie stay in Gympie, and it adds to our growing list of what we have funded recently at Gympie Hospital.”

This includes the $30,000 Gympie Hospital Gazebo near the Department of Emergency Medicine, $4000 towards a Masimo Sleep Study Monitor and equipment for the Paediatric and maternity rooms at Gympie Hospital, a $33,000 neuro-perfusion kit for stroke patients, plus upgrades to the Staff Quarters onsite at the hospital.

Mareen Walters, Theresa Field, Glenn Field, Nicole Atkinson, Kerry Zaninetti, Barry Webb, Alison Stockel - pic courtesy of The Gympie Times.

Maureen Walters, Theresa Field, Glenn Field, Nicole Atkinson, Kerry Zaninetti, Barry Webb, Alison Stockel – pic courtesy of The Gympie Times.

Thank you to all who supported the event, plus our major sponsors Schuh Group, Zinc 96.1, The Gympie Times and partners Karinya Florist, Get Wines Direct, Nestle, GMT Logging, Madill Motor Group, Gympie Regional Realty, Green RV, Kenilworth Dairies, Bidfood, and Xpresso mobile cafe.

To see all the photos from the day – visit http://www.facebook.com/Wishlistsc/.