Ramsay dialysis donation headed to Port Moresby
Nov 03, 2020
Fifteen dialysis machines are leaving the Sunshine Coast for Papua New Guinea with help from Rotary Clubs, after being donated by Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital and Nambour Selangor Private Hospital.
The hospitals are part of Ramsay Health Care, which has a long-term partnership with Rotary to donate medical equipment and goods which are no longer needed in its hospitals to disadvantaged countries around the globe.
Ramsay Health Care’s Sunshine Coast Hospital Network CEO Justin Greenwell (pictured) said as the only provider of private renal dialysis services on the Sunshine Coast, they’ve recently upgraded to the latest technology for patients.
“With the donation of all these machines that are no longer needed here, it’s wonderful that we can support people that are less fortunate in other communities, that would have less access to these technologies.”
A team from Mooloolaba Rotary Club arranged transport of nine dialysis machines from Nambour Selangor Private Hospital, in addition to the six dialysis machines they collected from Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, to Rotary’s Donations In Kind warehouse in Brisbane.
Rotary’s Donations In Kind receives, packs and ships redundant but reusable items including hospital and school equipment to developing nations in the Pacific, with transport funded by various Rotary Clubs and sponsors.
Mooloolaba Rotary Club International Director Peter Webb who helped move the machines from the Coast said they’re headed for Port Moresby: “I truly believe they’ll save lives.”
Nambour Selangor Private Hospital Maintenance Technician Max Reed and Hospital CEO Justin Greenwell with some of the donated machines.
Since 2010, Ramsay Health Care has partnered with the Rotary Club of Berrima District to donate a variety of equipment from across multiple hospitals.
Berrima Rotary’s International Director Barry Barford said developing countries really rely on donated equipment like this: “They have very poor infrastructure and very limited budgets. We can rely on Ramsay Health Care to supply equipment that is in good working order which is so important.”