THE Cooma Hospital Auxiliary members enjoyed a delightful lunch recently prior to their Annual General meeting. Ms Christine Smith the South Eastern Regional Reprehensive and State Treasurer of the United Hospital Auxiliaries of New South Wales was in attendance and praised the work and devotation of the small group of Cooma members who raise funds so as to provide much needed equipment for our local hospital, equipment that the budget sometimes cannot cover. Ms Smith congratulated the auxiliary on the equipment the auxiliary have donated to the Cooma Hospital during the past 12 months. The purchases being, a Weight Chair, a Circle M6000 Treadmill for the rehabilitation unit, two procedure Carts, two Buzzys presentations which help children through the pain of being immunized, One Fluid Warming Cabinet for IV Fluids , One Viva Isolation Cart.
Ms Smith then took the chair and declared all positions vacant and the new office bearers were elected and they are President: Elizabeth Apps, Vice President: Robin Fletcher, Treasurer: Marilynne Weston Secretary: Jan Carpenter, Publicity: Jan Carpenter, Kiosk Manager: Helena Reeves.
Mr Michael Apps Proprietor of Snowy Aviation Academy, Polo Flat, Cooma was the guest speaker and gave the members a very informative talk on his life and his passion for Aviation. Both Ms Smith and Mr Apps were presented with a small gift of appreciation.
Recently arrived and in use at the hospital are 29 new Over Bed Tables which were purchased and donated to the hospital by the auxiliary. The over bed tables are highly configurable tables with ease of use in mind and they fit effortlessly under the bed and feature a larger surface area that maximizes infection control. The tables are user friendly for both staff and patients.
The Hospital have currently on their wish list the need for two Olympus Camera Heads and Light Leads which are required to enhance their existing equipment in the operating theatre. The Olympus Camera Head is a high definition camera head delivering picture quality more than four times the image of conventional TV. Images are smooth and clear, with reproduction so accurate that details and colours remain sharp and life-like. They are high definition for surgical precision and are used for all surgery thus opening the way to a new era in endoscopy and surgical precision. The auxiliary have been fund raising and have committed to purchase one of these cameras which cost $19,160.79 each. This will enable more procedures to be done at the hospital and saving patients having to travel away for procedures.
The Cooma Hospital auxiliary would like to thank the community for their support and the many people who regularly donate to the Auxiliary. If you would like to help the auxiliary in their effort to raise funds to purchase equipment for our hospital then you would be very welcome to join The auxiliary. The next meeting will be on Thursday August 14 2014 at 2pm in the conference room at the hospital. (Please note the change of venue for this meeting only).