Dear Santa….from Hornsby Ku ring gai Hospital

Turramurra mum Cymbeline Johnson with her twins Sierra and Xavier
Turramurra mum Cymbeline Johnson with her twins Sierra and Xavier

Around 1200 babies are born each year at Hornsby Ku ring gai Hospital, and they’re asking for donations to help ensure safe deliveries for the years ahead

Hornsby Ku ring gai Hospital has launched its Christmas appeal and needs community and local businesses support to make its Yuletide wish list a reality.

Hospital fundraiser Liesl McGrath said: “We run a community appeal every Christmas and have always found our local community to be a strong supporter of the hospital.

“We’re asking people to think about whether they’re able to make a donation to our Christmas Appeal which helps us buy extra equipment for our hospital. Last year we raised around $30,000 which was spent on extra paediatric equipment for operating theatres, a wonderful community effort.

“The hospital has developed this wish list for 2016 and we hope the community appeal will go some way to helping with these purchases.”

Top of the list for this year’s appeal is a foetal heart monitor for the maternity ward, costing $40,000, to assist in the safe delivery of the 1,200 babies coming into the world at Hornsby every year.

“This monitor allows data to be transmitted wirelessly, so mums can move around all they want during labour while knowing their baby’s heart rate is being accurately monitored. It also provides comprehensive information about mum – the level of oxygen in her blood, her blood pressure and heart rate.

“And if we raise more than we need for the foetal heart rate monitor, there are also other items we’d also like to purchase,” says McGrath.

These include a specialised stretcher for the emergency department. “This trolley is ideal for patients requiring imaging as the patient doesn’t need to move from the trolley, which means less manual handling for nursing staff.” Cost: $7,000.

Next on the Hospital’s wish list is a stand-up patient lifter, which makes it physically easier for nursing and physio staff to help patients, and also increases patient mobility. “The lifter enables stepping and walking exercises, and it mobilises patients during everyday transfers such as for a shower and toileting.” Cost: $12,500.

And finally, an ECG machine for cardiac rehabilitation – it monitors and assists in diagnosing cardiac heart function by identifying rhythm problems that can lead to clotting problems. Cost: $9,500.

The highly-specialised foetal heart monitor the hospital is aiming to purchase is like the one which helped Turramurra mum Cymbeline Johnson through her double delivery of twins Xavier and Sierra in the maternity unit in October.

“Having twins makes labour riskier so it was comforting to have this monitor,” Cymbeline said. “It gave feedback to my husband and me, not just the medical staff. I know the importance of this monitor and I hope the appeal raises enough money to buy a new one.”

Donations can be made by sending a cheque to the Hornsby Ku ring gai Hospital Christmas Appeal, Fundraising Department, Lumby Building, Palmerston Road, Hornsby NSW 2077 or  by phoning the hospital on 9477 9459 and donating by credit card. Donations greater than $2 are tax deductible.

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