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Rotary donation provides a breath of fresh air for Gosford Hospital patients

Cancer patients at Gosford Hospital’s Oncology/Haematology Ward (M2) will be breathing much easier thanks to a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Gosford West.

The Club raised more than $11,200 to fund three new AIRVO machines to help patients who are struggling to maintain their oxygen levels.

Nurse Unit Manager Michelle Beringer said the equipment provided oxygen and warm air flow to their patients experiencing breathing issues related to their cancer diagnosis.

“These machines were much needed because when our oncology haematology patients required them we always had to rely on borrowing them from other wards,” she said.

“This donation will make a huge difference to managing our patients’ symptoms and overall comfort.

“They are brand-new models too so they have additional features such as battery packs which allows patients to go to multiple tests and procedures while still being on the machine.”

The Rotary Club of Gosford West held a Trivia Night in July to raise the funds. Their goal was $10,000 but they exceeded expectations and could then afford to buy three of the AIRVO machines.

For past president Brendan Byrnebates, it was a cause close to his heart as his wife was treated in the same ward for leukaemia eight years ago and is now in remission.

“Each year we select a well-deserving organisation to assist and this was an important one to me,” he said.

“When my wife was here it was a very traumatic time for us but I have many memories of the staff being exceptional and we built a great relationship with the nurses so I have always wanted to give back to this ward.

“We hope that the donation can make a real difference to the patients, families and wonderful team of staff on the ward.”

Michelle remembers treating Brendan’s wife and says the ward feels very honoured and privileged to have the support of the Rotary Club of Gosford West.

“The M2 nursing team is very excited about having these machines which will assist us in providing best care to our patients.”

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