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Grant provides new machine to improve recover time and patient comfort

The Friendlies will be able to offer improved recovery time and comfort to patients with wounds, thanks to the purchase of a VAC Therapy System wound care machine, made possible with a grant from the St John’s Grace Fund. Due to increasing number of surgical patients at The Friendlies, The VAC Therapy System is a welcome addition to the current equipment available for this kind of wound care. It assists by providing an optimal environment for healing and the removalMore

Local ladies fundraise for machine to lessen hair loss from chemotherapy

A group of Bundaberg women have banded together to begin fundraising for a second scalp cooling machine that will make a huge difference in the treatment of people undergoing chemotherapy. Scalp cooling is a complementary therapy that may limit hair loss in patients undergoing treatment. The Friendlies Foundation Public Relations Officer Tunja Cottier said the foundation donated the funds to The Friendlies for the purchase of the first machine for the Day Oncology Unit, at a cost of almost $50,000.More

Leave a lasting legacy with The Friendlies Friendship Tree

The Friendlies Foundation Friendship Tree represents the special relationships that grow in a healthcare setting. Public Relations Officer Tunja Cottier said this beautiful hand-painted tree not only added colour and life to The Friendlies hospital foyer, but served a special purpose. “We have special leaves that can be added to the tree in memory of a loved one, in thanks of a staff member or team, or simply to show people’s support of The Friendlies,” Ms Cottier said. “The foundationMore

$2000 raised at The Friendlies Foundation Movie Night Under The Stars

Markets, Music, Food and an outdoor screening of Sherlock Gnomes drew more than 600 people to Alexandra Park for The Friendlies Foundation Movie Night Under The Stars. The gold-coin event raised more than $2000 for the charity, thanks to the generous support from those who attended, vendors, volunteers and sponsors. The Friendlies Foundation public relations officer Tunja Cottier said she was pleased with the event and the feedback received. “We really wanted to hold a true community event that wasMore
Patients with Scalp Cooling Machine

New therapy to limit hair loss from chemotherapy now available at The Friendlies

A complementary therapy that limits hair loss in patients receiving chemotherapy has been made available in Bundaberg for the first time, thanks to The Friendlies Foundation purchase of a $50,000 machine. Patients at the Friendly Society Private Hospital have already begun using the Scalp Cooling Machine, which works to reduce the temperature of the scalp immediately before, during and after chemotherapy treatment. This reduces the blood flow to hair follicles which can prevent or minimise hair loss. Nurse Unit ManagerMore