Pictured: Chief anaesthetist James Muir, Drager representative Lucy Shao, WDHS chief executive Rohan Fitzgerald, theatre unit manager Mark Stephenson and Charity House and WDHS chair Hugh MacDonald.
Two new anaesthetic machines installed at Western District Health Service (WDHS) will ensure that Hamilton Base Hospital continues to be equipped with the latest technology.
Funded largely thanks to the Charity House project and the Collier Foundation, the machines are valued at over $110,000.
WDHS Director of Anaesthetics, Dr James Muir says the purchase for the hospital Operating Theatres was essential, as the previous machines were coming to the end of their lifespan.
“This new equipment brings us up to date with the latest technology available, allowing WDHS to continue to deliver safe anaesthetic procedures for many years to come.
The machines will also provide greater flexibility, with a wider variety of ventilation modes and options available,” Dr Muir said.
A Drager product specialist in anaesthesia spent over a week at the hospital supporting the equipment installation and training staff on the use of the new machines.
Charity House Committee and WDHS Board Chair, Hugh Macdonald says the purchase is exciting because it delivers on the Charity House project promise of funding essential upgrades to the hospital’s Operating Theatres, Emergency and ICU Departments.
“This purchase is yet another example of how the hard work of those who supported the Charity House project is paying off.
The project continues to deliver for the community, supporting a number of vital equipment upgrades in essential areas of the Health Service.
We are also extremely grateful for the funding provided by the Collier Foundation, who have been wonderful supporters of WDHS for many years,” Mr Macdonald said.