MACA Limited is proud to support the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation in purchasing much needed medical equipment
Two new Ultrasounds for the Department of Anaesthesia
Ultrasound machines are used by the Department of Anaesthesia at Princess Margaret Hospital/Perth Children’s Hospital (PMH/PCH) to allow for real-time imaging of nerves of children when they are undergoing medical procedures. Using ultrasound allows the spread of the anaesthetic to be visualised and assessed to ensure that it is precisely and directly delivered. This enables lower doses of anaesthetic to be used, which is particularly beneficial for very small children and babies as it helps to reduce side effects and increases post-operative comfort levels.
As well as providing higher quality images, the new ultrasound machines have the added benefit of greater portability which allows them to be moved throughout the hospital, thereby increasing the areas where they can be used. Currently, the hospital is limited to using fixed ultrasound machines which reduces theatre efficiency and can lead to prolonged anaesthesia until a machine becomes available; or the use of an alternative technique which does not provide the added benefits of ultrasound.
In May 2015, MACA supported PMH by funding two much needed Ultrasounds.
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As Western Australia’s only specialist paediatric hospital, PMH has been providing care for children and young people from across the state for the past 105 years.
From its early days as a 20-bed community hospital, PMH has grown to be a world leading paediatric care and research facility. The hospital has been at the forefront of many medical breakthroughs as well as providing a caring place for families.
PMH has undergone many renovations since its establishment. Whilst it is adequate for current use, WA’s population is rapidly growing and changing. In 2008 the State Government determined that building a new, purpose built children’s hospital would better address the community’s future paediatric health needs than trying to continue to adapt and renovate on the Princess Margaret Hospital site.
Currently being built next to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands, the new Perth Children’s Hospital has progressed significantly since construction began more than two and a half years ago, and is on schedule for completion in April 2016.
The hospital will provide specialist paediatric health services and key secondary health services, including inpatient and outpatient care, along with day-stay care.
The facility has been designed with parents and families in mind. With a parent bed in every patient room, parents will have the ability to stay comfortably next to their child overnight. There are also a number of other family friendly facilities, including more than double the number of parent lounges than at PMH, increased emergency short stay accommodation for families, and dedicated family resource and aboriginal resource centres.
Technology and innovation is a major focus and the hospital is set to have leading edge IT applications, medications management, audio visual equipment, electronic medical records and modular theatres. This will make Perth Children’s Hospital one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Australia.
About Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
The PMH Foundation exists to make it better for the children and young people cared for at PMH by providing much needed funds thanks to the support and generosity of the community and companies like MACA who donate so generously.
The Foundation is the hospital’s main fundraising body and largest funder after Government. Foundation donors have provided over $56 million in direct grants to PMH to ensure the best possible care and treatment for children and their families.
The Foundation’s role will continue when Perth Children’s Hospital opens in 2016.
The PMH Foundation is committed to providing funds to ensure the hospital is equipped with the latest technology, staffed by the best medical minds, involved in cutting edge research, and able to provide on-going support to the families of children in its care, will remain as strong as ever.
The PMH Foundation are truly thankful of the long term support that MACA and its staff has provided. MACA have made a significant difference to the lives of Western Australian children.