Bathurst Base Hospital receives donation of two observations machines

BIG BOOST: Gita Bellin (left) with the two observation machines that were bought with her donation to Bathurst Base Hospital of $8000. She presented the machines to medical ward nursing unit manager Ann McAlister (middle) and her team. 020317hospital
BIG BOOST: Gita Bellin (left) with the two observation machines that were bought with her donation to Bathurst Base Hospital of $8000. She presented the machines to medical ward nursing unit manager Ann McAlister (middle) and her team. 020317hospital

THE service was “brilliant” when Gita Bellin had an unexpected one-week stay in Bathurst Base Hospital last October.

So she returned recently to show her gratitude, by officially handing over two observation machines to nurses in the medical ward that were purchased with her donation to the hospital of $8000.

“The care, kindness, compassion, attention to detail and standard of nursing was quite brilliant,” Ms Bellin said of her time in the hospital.

She has not been unwell since, she said.

Medical ward nursing unit manager Ann McAlister said the new machines would save nurses an enormous amount of time by sending patient observations – including blood pressure, heart rate and pulse – straight to the patient chart online.

Previously, nurses had to record these observations manually and then enter them into the computer system later.

Ms McAlister said her part of the hospital did not often receive a donation.

“It’s unusual to get something for medical ward,” she said. “My nurses are very excited, very enthusiastic.”

Ms McAlister said the booming population growth in Bathurst meant such boosts to equipment were very important.

Ms Bellin hopes others in the Bathurst community might follow her lead and make a donation that “assists the running of the hospital”.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation can contact Bathurst Base Hospital. Donations can be made to any ward.