Elderly patients at Mitchell Hospital will benefit the most from the new vein finder donated by the local Freemasons.
Mitchell Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently donated the device which will assist nursing staff to find veins in elderly patients in a timelier manner – reducing discomfort.
The easy to use, hand-held device works by pinpointing the location of the vein, when held against the skin, using infrared technology.
Mitchell Lodge Secretary Bill Saul said they had been approached by the Mitchell Hospital Auxiliary for assistance to purchase the device, which is used in many hospitals around Australia.
“It is our pleasure to help Mitchell Hospital in this way,” Bill said.
“Staff at the Hospital are dedicated to alleviating the suffering of patients, so to help make their jobs that little bit easier is the least we can do,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said funding for an ageing population was one of nine keys areas where the organisation focuses its support as part of its long-term strategy.
“Our aim is to provide sustainable support to other charities, and our values are about alleviating suffering to help people lead better lives,” said Gary.
“Funding the purchase of a new vein finder for Mitchell Hospital is something that would be over and above what other funding sources would normally cover, so we are glad that this Grassroot Grant initiative was brought to our attention by Mitchell Masonic Lodge. It is a great cause to support,” he said.
Photo: Secretary of the Mitchell Hospital Auxiliary Barbara Brennan, Director of Nursing Kate Field and the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Alan Townson.