Kingaroy Hospital Auxiliary volunteers John Hudson, Pamela Lincoln and Ken Bradley with the fundraising baby doll.
Kingaroy Hospital Auxiliary volunteers John Hudson, Pamela Lincoln and Ken Bradley with the fundraising baby doll. Jessica McGrath

Raising funds for new Kingaroy hospital equipment

KINGAROY Hospital Auxiliary are working hard to improve the services at Kingaroy hospital.

Publicity officer Pamela Lincoln said the group was raising funds for brand new ultrasound equipment within the hospital's emergency department.

"At present the hospital has only one portable ultrasound machine and it's moved continually from the operating theatre down to the emergency department as the need arises,” she said.

"It creates waiting times for it to be moved and you can imagine how dramatic it can be for medical staff when it's needed at both locations at the same

time.”

Two ultrasounds will ease this stress, allowing hospital staff to use an ultrasound in the operating theatre and the emergency room at the same time, Ms Lincoln said.

Their latest fundraiser was a 'name the baby girl' competition, with the raffle drawn on Friday June 8.

The competition winner was Liz Livingstone who chose the name Mallory Jane for the baby doll.

An ultrasound was identified as a great need for Kingaroy hospital's services, when the auxiliary met with hospital staff in November 2016.

Treasurer Peter Mortimer said the group had raised $32,000 so far towards the purchase of the ultrasound machine, valued at $46,000.

Profits from the Kingaroy hospital canteen run by the auxiliary group were also going towards the new equipment.

The group was aiming to have the money raised for the new ultrasound machine by the end of the year, Ms Lincoln said.

"With the new hospital under construction, it's going to be two stories high, so it will be a long way to move a machine if we don't get it before then,” she said.

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