Time spent waiting for certain pathology results will be slashed, helping to improve patient care at Gayndah Hospital all thanks to the donation of a small device.
With another Hemocue infection analyser now on hand, the regional hospital can access information like a patient’s white blood cell count and detect the presence of an infection in a matter of minutes.
Best of all it means the costly and at times the unnecessary transfer of patients to larger hospitals can be reduced.
Local Freemason representative Bill Turner said Gayndah Masonic Lodge and the Gayndah Sovereign Chapter joined forces and approached the Hospital to find out how they could help to make a difference.
“We are always very supportive of our local hospital and the wellbeing of those in our community but with the way that things have been more generally with the pandemic, we felt it was important to back the service.
“This device could potentially provide significant savings for Gaydnah Hospital over the long-term.”
The $5,000 grant was provided by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland as part of their latest Community Grant round.
Chief Executive Officer Sara Parrott said even though COVID restrictions have prevented Freemasons from fundraising, this grant still enabled them to identify and fulfil needs in their community.
“Strengthening the health and wellbeing of people in regional communities has never been more important, so we are proud to provide this funding on behalf of the local Freemasons for this small but invaluable device,” Ms Parrott said.