Second cath lab at Bendigo Health

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 08-Dec-2017

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By Keith Sutherland 
Chairman of the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal


The New Bendigo Hospital Appeal aims to raise $4 million for specialised equipment to support Bendigo Health to provide world class health care locally for those in the Loddon Mallee region.


As chairman of the appeal, I am thrilled to announce the funds raised to date have provided a second cath lab at Bendigo Health for emergency cardiac care and will now enable the purchase of a state of the art ophthalmic microscope.  


This is a wonderful achievement in the appeal and is a reflection of the community spirit shown by all from across our region. 


Keeping families together with local health care provided closer to home is important to all of us and a driving force in the lives of many local identities who champion the cause to raise funds for Bendigo Health. 


One of these locals is Hindsight Club founder Brendan Baker who is passionate about supporting the community. 


The need for an ophthalmic microscope was highlighted to Brendan earlier this year when he needed care for a detached retina and was required to travel to Melbourne for urgent surgery.  


Brendan is no stranger to eye surgery after having his first treatment aged just five years old in 1973 when he was accidentally shot in the eye with an air rifle. 


Seven years later he had further surgery to remove a growth and unbeknownst to his parents at the time, the still embedded air gun slug was also removed. 


For the next 30 years Brendan had pretty good sight and after having a cataract removed in 2015 he was thrilled to have 20/20 vision. 


This all changed early in 2017 when Brendan’s retina detached and he was forced to travel to Melbourne for urgent eye surgery. 


This came with many challenges including a two-hour train journey and dealing with incredible eye pressure from travelling through the Macedon Ranges to Melbourne. 


An opthalmic microscope enables surgeons to provide high-level eye surgery such as the type Brendan undertook. 


Had Brendan been able to access the surgery in Bendigo, he could have had his family and friends close by, reduced travel and all of the additional stress would not have been necessary.  


While we celebrate these achievements we know that we have a long way to go to reach our target amount and the aim to install a pharmacy robotic system. 


Please keep talking about this vitally important appeal and encourage those around you to consider a gift of any amount to the appeal. 


It really does make a difference to everyone in our community.


You can donate online www.bendigohealthfoundation.org.au or call 1300 243 000

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