Medical ward thanks Charity Golf Fundraisers

Five electronic vital sign monitoring machines are helping to improve care and comfort for patients at WGH.The machines were purchased from donations made during this year’s Charity Golf Day event at the Warragul Country Club which raised $25,500 for the hospital.

Members of the fundraising committee together with representatives of Bendigo Bank, which auspices the event, visited the Medical Ward to see the equipment in action

Patient Elvie Fisher said the machines were marvellous.

“I’ve been in hospital before and the old machines were quite noisy especially at night when you are trying to sleep. The units move easily and are more patient friendly. “

WGHG Acting Director of Clinical Operations, Bernie McKenna, said the vital sign monitoring machines had made a big difference to the delivery of care.

“They measure a patient’s blood pressure, pulse and oxygen levels. To have six brand new machines on the ward that can be moved easily to a patient’s bedside greatly assists our nursing staff to deliver a high quality of care.”

Warragul Country Club fundraising committee member, Maureen Kittelty, said it was wonderful to visit the ward and see the results of the group’s fundraising efforts first hand.

“We are currently planning our next charity golf day and are seeking support once again from local businesses to donate goods and services for our raffle which is a big fundraiser of the event.

The tickets will go on sale after Christmas in the lead up to the golf day event held in April.

Maureen Kittlety said the support of the Warragul branch of Bendigo Bank along with community bank branches of Bunyip, Neerim, Drouin and Trafalgar had boosted the committee fundraising efforts.

Last year’s Charity Golf Day attracted 29 teams of golfers and included professionals teeing off for longest drive and putting for nearest the pin on the seventh hole upon receipt of donations.

The event has raised $67,500 for the hospital since it began three years ago.
For more information on the annual Charity Golf Day contact Maureen Kittlety on 03 56231949 or 0488 172 111.

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With photo: Front from left: WGHG Acting Director Clinical Operations Bernie McKenna, Drouin and District Community Bank Director Rob Celada, patient Elvie Fisher, Bendigo Bank mascot Flynn Bethune, Director Matt Middel, WGHG Acting Nurse Unit Manager Steve Earl.
Back row: Bendigo Bank’s Jake Jacovou, Warragul Country Club’s Heath Jones, fundraising committee member Maureen Kittelty, Bendigo Bank’s Phil Drummond and Jo Gaul and Warragul Country Club fundraising committee member Joy Marriott