Health equipment worth $50,000 boosts Limestone Coast Health Network

TREATMENT: Expectant mothers are among those who will benefit from a major funding boost for health care in the Limestone Coast area.
TREATMENT: Expectant mothers are among those who will benefit from a major funding boost for health care in the Limestone Coast area.

Vital pieces of hospital equipment have been secured by the Limestone Coast Health Network in response the region's growing health-care demands.

Two specialised pumps for delivering anaesthetic to surgery patients are among the $50,000 in funds handed over by The Hospital Research Foundation.

The pumps will be located at nearby Mount Gambier Hospital.

Furthermore, at the request of the network, two sterilisation drying cabinets for Mount Gambier's theatre are also part of the handover.

The funding is part of a $300,000 state-wide commitment to South Australia's country health network by the charity.

Limestone Coast Local Health Network chief executive officer Ngaire Buchanan welcomed the funding.

"We are grateful to receive this generous contribution from foundation and would like to thank them for their ongoing support," she said.

"This equipment will allow us to continue providing high-quality care to our local community for both now and into the future." Foundation chief executive officer Paul Flynn said the charity was proud to extend its support to all South Australian communities and public hospitals.

"The foundation is the charity for every South Australian," he said. "With about 25 per cent of South Australians living outside Adelaide, it is incumbent of us to do all we can to help improve care and treatments for these regional communities.

"This equipment meets an immediate need within the Limestone Coast region and helps patients to access the latest healthcare at their local hospital. It arms our frontline healthcare workers with the latest technology to make their jobs easier.

"We are proud to be able to support the great work of country health centres through this grant, thanks to our generous donors and ticket-buyers in the Hospital Research Home Lottery."

Health care is a growing sector in the Limestone Coast and elsewhere in SA with more and more patients requiring treatment from our many hospitals and medical services.

Our region, including Naracoorte, will benefit from the latest allocations of equipment.