WBHH Board Member Joy Jensen, WBHH Board Chair Peta Jamieson, Eidsvold MPHS Director of Nursing Nicci Maher, Ian Gitsham, Eidsvold Hospital Auxiliary president Dot Hamilton, and Eidsvold Medical Superintendent Dr Deb Smith.
WBHH Board Member Joy Jensen, WBHH Board Chair Peta Jamieson, Eidsvold MPHS Director of Nursing Nicci Maher, Ian Gitsham, Eidsvold Hospital Auxiliary president Dot Hamilton, and Eidsvold Medical Superintendent Dr Deb Smith. Christina Ongley

Eidsvold Hospital welcomes chair in memory of Shelly

EIDSVOLD Hospital has a new specialised hygiene chair thanks to a donation made in the memory of a local school teacher.

Eidsvold Hospital Auxiliary donated the $10,500 electric hygiene chair to the hospital, which is the first of its kind at North Burnett health facilities.

It will be used by staff to help shower and dress patients, making the process safer both for patients and employees.

Part of the funds for the chair were donated through Eidsvold Hospital Auxiliary by Ian Gitsham, in honour of his partner Shelly D'Arcy, a former auxiliary treasurer and local school teacher who lost her battle with cancer in 2016.

The remaining money was raised by the auxiliary, both through local community donations and hosting a successful Melbourne Cup lunch in November last year.

Eidsvold MPHS Director of Nursing Nicci Maher said the ability to adjust the height of the chair would be helpful to staff as they cared for local patients.

"This electric hygiene chair will improve functionality for staff, which will help them more easily wash and dress a patient,” Ms Maher said.

"In turn, the improved functionality will reduce the risk of injury to staff and will help improve the comfort of patients as they transfer between the bed, chair, toilet and shower.

"So from the perspective of Eidsvold MPHS staff, this new chair is very much welcomed.”

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson said she wanted to thank everyone involved in the important donation, led by the Eidsvold Hospital Auxiliary.

"Our auxiliaries are important partners of our local health service, particularly in rural areas where our communities are tight-knit and people can really see the benefits of equipment donations up close,” Ms Jamieson said.

"I'd like to thank Mr Gitsham and the Eidsvold Hospital Auxiliary for their generosity and efforts raising these funds.

"This donation was in memory of former Eidsvold Hospital Auxiliary treasurer Shelly D'Arcy, and it's a fitting tribute that will benefit hundreds of locals while they are being cared for at Eidsvold MPHS.”

Eidsvold Hospital Auxiliary president Dot Hamilton said it was due to the committees ethos of looking after both staff and patient at the hospital.

"With our dedication to patient care, we decided to purchase an electric hygiene chair for use by acute and aged care patients and we're trying to help the patient, but it was also to help staff on duty,” Mrs Hamilton said.

The hygiene chair means patients will only need one carer to complete a task instead of three.

"We are the first hospital in the region to have purchased a hygiene chair and we believe it's vital for the hospital,” she said.

The Eidsvold Hospital Auxiliary was created as a means of helping staff with their jobs.

"I give great thanks for those who helped raise money for the hygiene chair which makes everything easy for patients and staff.”


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