WHEN children are sick they deteriorate quicker than adults, often requiring urgent medical attention.
Naracoorte Health Service is now better equipped to deal with emergency situations thanks to a donation from the Lucindale Lions Club.
Almost $1800 was donated to buy a medical trolley for the paediatric ward.
Put together using the Country Health SA Local Health Network guidelines, it has all the utensils and equipment needed to react quickly and better support young patients and their families.
Clinical nurse Karen Clothier said the hospital was extremely grateful.
"We have all the paediatric equipment currently but it's a bit disjointed," she said. "We wanted to streamline it and the mobile trolley has helped to do that.
"It's just fantastic. The trolley has everything we might need...it will allow us to assess, triage and treat our paediatric patients without wasting any time."
The hospital already had an adult trolley but the new one is specifically designed to be used for infants to teenagers.
It means nurses and doctors don't have to leave the room to get equipment to treat the ill child, giving peace of mind to staff and families.
Registered nurse Jayne Waters said it was critical to be able to respond quickly.
"We cannot afford to be away from the patient when they are deteriorating quickly.
"Children deteriorate faster than adults so to have (the trolley) here is of great value."
Lucindale Lions Club treasurer /secretary Mike Waters said the group tried to help out local medical services as often as possible.
"We support the Lucindale Health Centre, Kingston Hospital and Naracoorte Health Service. In the budget we $10,000 allocated for Kingston Hospital.
"We haven't been able to give for a couple years because it has been going to the CT scan."
He said the money was raised through the successful SE Field Days which are held in March each year.
"Without it we wouldn't be able to raise so much," he said. "It is a great project."