New Rehabilitation Therapy Equipment provided

May 27, 2013 by

Phoenix Committee Presentation 6Bourke Street Health Service in Goulburn now has new equipment to assist patients with rehabilitation after surgery, thanks to a grant of $17,537 from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust.

The funding assisted the Phoenix Committee with their mission to fund the new equipment including a self-propelled shower commode, stump support commode, wheelchairs, a Sara Plus standing machine and rehab corner stairs. The proposal for this equipment was put together by staff who work with a diverse clientele, with varied needs, with a lot of thought going into the proposal to ensure they were able to purchase the most needed equipment.

The rehab stairs have been in daily use and the staff have reported how thrilled they are and how much better they work for the patients and clients, said Sandra Bill, the volunteer coordinator. The Sara Plus standing machine has just arrived, with much excitement from the staff as this piece of equipment will make a tremendous difference to many patients with varied conditions, she said.

The cushions have been in constant use and were welcomed as these prevent bed sores in patients and are used in beds, chairs and wheelchairs. The amputee chairs and commode are not something that the Therapy Department has had before – yet the need is there, Ms Bill explained. Ms Bill said, our staff asked me to pass on to the Trust just what a difference this equipment has made.

“This equipment will have a long lasting effect on our clients as they will be used across many rehabilitation areas. It is hard to measure the benefits, but naturally if you have the necessary equipment to give patients a better chance at Rehab then they will be better and quicker at returning to their pre injury/operation status,” Ms Bill said.

“For Goulburn to have this updated equipment means we can offer modern services which otherwise people may go out of town for and this is not helpful to families or patients, being long distances from home and visitors.”

Pictured at the launch of the new equipment recently are (from left to right); the Phoenix Committee’s Vice President Maree Peden, John Reynolds and Chairman Paul Stephenson from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust, former patient Martin Yeadon, Mayor Geoff Kettle and Phoenix Committee member Cheryl Wilson.