Cheers for Chair

Thanks to community support, Wallumbilla Community Clinic has acquired a new remote-controlled examination chair to help in the management of patients who are elderly or mobility impaired.

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Wallumbilla Director of Nursing Emma Gordon – right – with Wallumbilla Hospital Auxiliary President Evon “Joyce” Albeck and Wallumbilla Masonic Lodge Corona Branch members – from left – William Albeck (Immediate Past Master), David Bowden (Brother) and Michael Maloney (Worshipful Master).

The new $7,500 piece of equipment was made possible thanks to the support and fundraising efforts of the Wallumbilla Hospital Auxiliary and the Wallumbilla Masonic Lodge’s Corona Branch.

Wallumbilla Director of Nursing Emma Gordon says the auxiliary and masonic lodge had undertaken various fundraising luncheons, raffles and other community events to help raise the money for the chair.

“The angle and height of the chair can be adjusted to suit at the press of a button and the chair can also convert into an examination table easily and smoothly with the patient continuing to sit in it.’’

“The chair has increased the comfort of each patient who uses it, especially those who are elderly and/or mobility impaired. It’s a great piece of equipment and our nurses, doctors and other visiting clinicians already are using it every day for a wide variety of presentations.”

The equipment also helps staff minimise manual handling of patients improving working heights for examinations.

Ms Gordon says the new chair/table had been affectionately named “Big Blue’’ and now had pride of place in the community clinic’s treatment room.

“I would like to thank the Wallumbilla Hospital Auxiliary and the Corona Branch of the local Masonic Lodge for their efforts and support in helping us acquire this lovely piece of equipment. I would also like to thank the entire communities of Wallumbilla, Jackson and Yuleba who have always supported all fundraising efforts for our clinic. It’s a sign of how supportive our little communities are.’’