Funding boost for Port Augusta Hospital

HOSPITAL STAFF: (Back) Associate Nurse Unit Manager Susan Bonetti, Nurse Unit Manger Jenny Bury, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Alison Hoare, (front) Registered Nurse and Midwife Miho Saito, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Angela McLachlan.
HOSPITAL STAFF: (Back) Associate Nurse Unit Manager Susan Bonetti, Nurse Unit Manger Jenny Bury, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Alison Hoare, (front) Registered Nurse and Midwife Miho Saito, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Angela McLachlan.

A funding boost for the Port Augusta Hospital is set to improve care for critically ill patients in the Far North.

The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) has donated $50,000 to the hospital for purchase four state-of-the-art infusion pumps to aid in the delivery of medication.

The funding is part of a $300,000 state-wide commitment to South Australia's country health network by the charity.

Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network Chief Executive Craig Packard welcomed the annoucement.

"We are extremely grateful to receive this generous contribution from The Hospital Research Foundation and would like to thank them for their ongoing support," he said.

"This equipment will allow us to continue providing high quality care to our local community for both now and into the future."

Other equipment funded by THRF includes three high-resolution video laryngoscopes (Quorn, Hawker and Roxby Downs), four advanced pressure-relieving mattresses (Whyalla), two vital signs units (Port Augusta), a portable ultrasound machine (Roxby Downs) and sleeping aid (Whyalla).

THRF CEO Paul Flynn said the charity was proud to extend its support to all South Australian communities and public hospitals.

"The Hospital Research Foundation is the charity for every South Australian," he said.

"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.

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

"It also arms our frontline healthcare workers with the latest technology to make their jobs easier.

"We are proud to be able to support the great work of country health centres through this grant, made possible thanks to our generous donors and ticket buyers in the Hospital Research Home Lottery."