Country hospitals across the state, including Gawler, are being boosted with new equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars thanks to a generous grant from The Hospital Research Foundation.
The grant, worth more than $400,000, would enable more country South Australians to be treated closer to home – and in some cases in their own homes.
The support means 12 continuous glucose monitoring systems for patients with diabetes, to be located at Gawler Health Service.
“The $406,785 grant from The Hospital Research Foundation is a fantastic and generous gesture, which will enable CHSA to purchase vital equipment for our hospitals,” Country Health SA (CHSA) ceo Maree Geraghty said.
“I would like to say a big thank you to The Hospital Research Foundation for the generous funding, which will further improve health care delivery for country patients.”
Country Health SA’s executive director of medical services Dr Hendrika Meyer, said the funding was being used to purchase equipment in the areas of cardiovascular care, renal, birthing and diabetes.
“As a result of purchasing this new equipment, more country people will be able to be treated closer to home and, in some cases where clinically appropriate, patients will be able to use some of the equipment in the comfort of their own homes,” Dr Meyer said.
“Enabling country patients to receive ongoing care close to home and loved ones is a key focus for Country Health SA, and this fantastic donation from The Hospital Research Foundation helps us save more patients time and money, as well as improved patient outcomes.”