Gympie Hospital Equipment
Wishlist is committed to funding vital equipment for Gympie patients and their families. In 2016, Wishlist purchased a BiPAP Non-Invasive Ventilator, worth $36,946.
In 2016, Wishlist directed proceeds from the inaugural Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival in Gympie to purchase a much-needed piece of equipment for Gympie Hospital's Emergency Department.
The ventilator is used to assist patients who present with breathing difficulties, or are in respiratory distress.
Having this equipment in Gympie means patients can receive more of their treatment in their own community.
Director of Emergency at Gympie Hospital, Dr Jason Lindeman said: “The BiPAP ventilator can help a very sick patient avoid having to be transferred to Intensive Care to have a tube inserted to help them breathe”.
In August 2016, more than 250 people converged on Gunabul Homestead in Gympie to support the cause with an afternoon of jazz and wine.
The event raised more than $25,000 on the day, and an additional $12,000 was raised through the Zinc 96.1 Family Picnic Race Day and significant donations from Bidvest, Quota, Rotary Club of Gympie and Cooloola, and Gympie South Lions Ladies Auxiliary.
The Wishlist festival is now poised to become a key event on the region's social calendars.
The Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival was proudly sponsored by Schuh Group, The Gympie Times, Sutton Building Solutions, GJ Gardner Homes and Zinc 96.1.
We thank the generous Gympie community for supporting the purchase of a life-saving piece of equipment.
Day Surgery Equipment
In mid-2016, Wishlist purchased an Operating Hysteroscope for the Perioperative Day Surgery Unit at Gympie, worth $7,657.
In 2015, Wishlist purchased $163,576 worth of medical equipment for Gympie Hospital.
A Point of Care ultrasound, worth $57,136 was purchased for the Gympie Hospital Emergency Department.
Wishlist aided the expansion of the Gympie Outpatient Service, which included the purchase of a bladder scanner. This was to the tune of $64,854.
Renal patients also received a boost in local home dialysis services with a dialysis machine purchased for $41,586.
In 2013, Wishlist was proud to be able to support those requiring rehabilitation, palliative care and outpatient services.
A total of $9,711 was spent on enhancing the Rehabilitation Department with the purchase of several pieces of equipment.
In the same year, Wishlist purchased a Palliative Care Bed for $13,248.
The Specialists Outpatient Department also received support with blood pressure equipment worth $4,863.
Dexcom Monitors for Diabetes Patients
Thanks to a successful 2017 Christmas campaign, Wishlist was able to place an order for four Dexcom Monitors for paediatric patients undergoing diabetes treatment in Gympie, worth $2600.
The monitors are given to patients on a trial basis to monitor their blood glucose levels 24 hours a day.
Gympie Diabetes Educator Carolyn Allen says the monitors are life-changing for Type 1 diabetic patients.
“There is a high rate of burnout for people living and managing diabetes every day,” Carolyn says.
“These monitors give patients and family members extra peace of mind, especially for those who live remotely. This will dramatically enhance our diabetes service in Gympie.”