Christmas comes early for Port Macquarie Hospital

CHRISTMAS has come early for the Port Macquarie Base Hospital, which has received $32,128 from the local community and Woolworths staff.

As part of the Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Appeal, staff members selflessly gave of their own time to raise the funds through charity events like sausage sizzles and lamington drives.

The appeal has been supporting Port Macquarie Base Hospital for the past five years, raising in excess of $150,000 towards children's services.

This year, the hospital unwrapped two Accu Vein devices, which identify veins through a light source to make it easier to insert drips and two hand-held mobile oximeters to measure the oxygenation of patients' blood.

The funds will also go towards a specially designed therapy assessment area for children undergoing occupational therapy.

Paediatrician Dr David McDonald said because the money was sourced through fundraising, there were no over-head costs and every cent would go towards making a difference.

"Charity funds are particularly helpful because they are precisely targeted to areas of need identified by the local staff," he said.

Port Macquarie Base Hospital acting general manager Kathleen Ryan said the hospital thanked the community for getting behind the appeal.

"This is a very generous donation by the Fresh Food Kids Hospital Appeal, and will allow the children who are in-patients of Port Macquarie Base Hospital to receive improved care," she said.

Dr David McDonald using the new ACCU vein find a vein in the arm of Baylee Morrison.

Dr David McDonald using the new ACCU vein find a vein in the arm of Baylee Morrison.