Foundation funds Port Lincoln medical equipment

EQUIPMENT: Port Lincoln Health Services nurse manager Jenni Matena and Verity Paterson with a chemotherapy chair. Photo: supplied
EQUIPMENT: Port Lincoln Health Services nurse manager Jenni Matena and Verity Paterson with a chemotherapy chair. Photo: supplied

Four new specialised chemotherapy chairs are among the $50,000 worth of new healthcare equipment bound for the Port Lincoln Hospital thanks to funding from the Hospital Research Foundation.

This funding is a part of a statewide $300,000 commitment to South Australia's country health network.

The new chemotherapy chairs will be located at the Port Lincoln Hospital and will help upgrade the hospital's accreditation for chemotherapy services.

The Eyre and Far North Local Health Network will also receive a transducer probe for emergency heart scans in Port Lincoln, a wheelchair powerpack, two exercise bikes, and iPads and digital cameras to assist local healthcare workers.

Health network chief executive officer Verity Paterson said this funding was welcomed.

"We are extremely grateful to receive this generous contribution from The Hospital Research 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."

The foundation's chief executive officer Paul Flynn said the charity was proud to extend its support to all South Australian communities and public hospitals.

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

"This equipment meets an immediate need within the Eyre and Far North region and helps patients access the latest healthcare at their local hospital."

Mr Flynn said the fundings was made possible thanks to generous donors and ticket buyers in the Hospital Research Home Lottery.

Equipment funded across the state included ultrasound units for Wallaroo and Port Pirie, anaesthetic infusion pumps for Mount Gambier and a ventilator for Gawler.