Opportunity to give

FRIENDS of the Latrobe Regional Hospital and members of the community are urged to show their support at tax time by helping the hospital raise $35,000 for vital signs monitors as part of its annual Tax Appeal.

The hospital hopes to purchase another 10 of the monitors to add to its present 58, LRH board chair Kellie O’Callaghan said.

“This is a commitment on our part for a specific purpose; these monitors are something used everyday throughout the hospital and it’s an opportunity for people to give, keeping in mind donations of $2 or more are tax deductible,” Ms O’Callaghan said.

“We have also sent letters to people and local businesses who have supported the hospital in the past, as well as those who have participated in activities such as the recent fun run.”

Ms O’Callaghan said the additional monitors would allow nurses greater flexibility in providing care and for longer periods, improving the way they delivered care to patients.

According to the hospital, about half of the 58 monitors are five years old and have a life span of seven years.

The vital signs monitor measures a patient’s blood pressure, temperature, pulse and oxygen saturation levels.

“Governments do provide funding to the hospital on a regular basis, however donations from the community enable us to purchase additional equipment and build on the already exceptional care given to patients,” Ms O’Callaghan said.

For more information or to make a donation, phone the LRH fundraising team on 5173 5877.