Port Augusta Hospital to gain new equipment

HEALTH: The Port Augusta Hospital will receive a pedal exercise machine for renal dialysis patients.
HEALTH: The Port Augusta Hospital will receive a pedal exercise machine for renal dialysis patients.

Renal dialysis patients in Port Augusta are set to benefit from a generous grant worth more than $400,000 donated by The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) to Country Health SA.

Country hospitals around the state will be boosted by new equipment, with the Port Augusta Hospital gaining a pedal exercise machine to be located in its dialysis unit.

Flinders and Upper North Regional Director of Nursing and Midwifery Angela McLachlan said the machine will be a huge help for patients.

“Not only does the exercise machine allow them to remain active during a relatively passive time, it helps clear the waste products such as urea from the blood, so it’s actually improving the effectiveness of the dialysis process,” she said.

“We don’t have anything like this and it’s something we’ve been considering for quite a while.”

Renal dialysis is a treatment that helps to keep the kidneys functioning when they have stopped working properly.

On average, a dialysis patient will need three treatment sessions a week, each lasting about four hours.

Port Augusta Hospital was also a recipient of an ultrasound machine for dialysis patients.

However, with ultrasound technology already available in the local dialysis unit, the Port Augusta Hospital will be donating the machine to the Whyalla Hospital.

Ms McLachlan said the hospital was grateful for THRF’s donation.

“Donations like these are always welcome, particularly for our dialysis patients,” she said.

“Dialysis is really the only option for some patients. It’s a huge commitment for them and a life-changing process.”

THRF Chief Executive Officer Paul Flynn said the donation would help reduce travel to Adelaide and eliminate unnecessary stress at a time of need.

“There are many wonderful specialists and healthcare professionals across country SA and the Foundation is proud to be able to support their great work through this grant, made possible thanks to our generous donors and ticket buyers in the Hospital Research Home Lottery,” Mr Flynn said.

“This lifesaving equipment will give regional communities greater access to a range of health services in more convenient locations.”