Significantly responsible for its quick success were seven local auxiliaries, clubs and businesses who collectively donated $10,555 within 15 minutes of the launch on Friday evening:
Now on order, the telehealth system will video link the resuscitation bay of our Special Care Nursery with the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Emergency Transport Service.
Our eight-pod Special Care Nursery cares for the southwest region’s most gravely ill newborns including babies about to be aired to, or just aired from, lifesaving surgery in Melbourne. In the two to three hours it can take the NETS to arrive, this telehealth link will provide additional, on-the-spot, highly specialised resuscitation expertise for our clinicians.
South West Healthcare is a leader in telehealth. Our Intensive Care Unit was the first outside of Melbourne to have a 24/7 video connection with specialists at St Vincent’s Hospital and, last year, our Emergency Department was the first in Victoria to have a 24/7 telehealth link with the Royal Children’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Paediatric Emergency Transport Service.
The appeal launch, held in our ACE Radio Lecture Theatre, was tied in with a second launch; that of international author Julie Stafford’s latest book, The Seagull (available at Collins Booksellers Warrnambool). Julie spoke passionately about her life and how The Seagull had come to be. A love memoir, it’s a very different read to what she’s (until now been) famous for: 2.2 million of her A Taste of Life cookbooks have sold worldwide.
Proudly sponsored by ACE Radio, Lady Bay Resort, Northpoint Liquor and Warrnambool Picture Framing & Loft Gallery, 60 guests attended the double-launch fundraising event.
Photo courtesy of The Standard and photographer Leanne Pickett.