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Grant provides new machine to improve recovery 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

New Emergency Department Celebrates Six Months

After six months in operation, The Friendlies Emergency Department has treated more than 4500 people, with an overwhelmingly positive response to the new service. Since opening, the department saw an average of 24 patients a day. Friendly Society Private Hospital CEO Alan Cooper said feedback since opening the service had been extremely positive. “Our patients had been asking for an alternative emergency department to the public system for some years,” he said. “We have been grateful for the wonderful feedbackMore

Bundy businesses thanked for saving thousands of lives

The Bundaberg business community has united to save nearly 12,000 lives in the past year, and have already set a goal to save even more in 2019. Bundaberg Blood Donor Centre Manager Dean Krueger commended Bundaberg’s most generous local business and community groups for joining together to build camaraderie and do something special for those in need. “Nearly 12,000 lives have been saved in the past year thanks to the 3820 donations given by some of our most generous localMore

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