Paynesville Uniting Church Friendship Shed has once again made a generous donation to Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, enabling the Dialysis department to make a much needed upgrade to its patient scales.
BRHS Dialysis Acting Nurse Unit Manager, Bronwen Smith, said the upgraded scales allow staff to accurately weigh patients before and after their treatment in a much more efficient manner.
“The donation is very welcome as the older scales were losing their accuracy . The new model has a non-slip surface which accommodates patients who can walk directly on to the scales or those in wheelchairs,” she said.
“We weigh each of our patients before commencing treatment and at the conclusion of treatment so having scales that quickly and accurately weigh and then provide a print-out really makes a difference.”
As well as the $4,140 donation to Dialysis, PUC Friendship Shed also recently made a large donation to BRHS Oncology Department for the purchase of a new chemotherapy chair.
Friendship Shed Manager, Beth Campbell, said the group really enjoys being able to give back to the community, especially to BRHS.
“Our members get a lot of joy out of being able to give something back, especially when it’s something like the scales that helps the care of our local people,” she said.
“It’s great that our volunteers can see the money is going towards an actual item that will benefit so many people and that all of the hard work is paying off.”
PUC Friendship Shed makes regular donations to community groups and organisations across the region. Profits are raised through the Friendship Shed Op Shop, which has been running for the past 14 years.
Over 30 people volunteer at the shed and those involved agree it’s a fantastic way for people to meet new friends, volunteer their time or simply drop in for a cup of tea and a chat.
“We all love having a project to work towards and with the shop having such a busy summer so far we have many more on the cards,” Mrs Campbell said.