New kit to boost care
PATIENTS at Kingaroy Hospital finally have access to a bladder scanner.
Fundraising for the machine finished months ago, but the $10,500 scanner only arrived at the hospital this week.
The piece of equipment allows staff to assess patients' bladder functions and identify any possible complications in a non-invasive procedure and was requested by a specialist.
Kingaroy Hospital's clinical nurse consultant Debra Browning said the bladder scanner would improve patient care and comfort.
"Without one the only way to measure fluid in the bladder is with a urethral catheter (passing a tube into the bladder), and with any invasive procedure there is the associated risk of infections and patient discomfort."
Kumbia QCWA took on the fundraising project and raised more than $4000 selling raffle tickets by June, and the hospital auxiliary paid the balance.
But for Kumbia QCWA president Marian Mudra the real story was the community's response to the call for help.
"We spent five months fundraising and the community support was wonderful," Ms Mudra said.