Portland District Health is calling for community support to make staying in hospital more comfortable for patients and safer for staff.
PDH has launched an appeal to raise $60,000 for 12 specialist beds across a range of departments.
The appeal is off to a good start with $27,000 already raised from the annual charity golf day and online auctions and donations from Portland Laser Cutting and the Portland Uniting Church Op Shop.
Through this support, PDH has been able to purchase two regular beds and one physiotherapy bed.
The ‘White Lioners’ 2021 Murray to Moyne team completed their ride in late March and continues to fundraise to purchase a second physio treatment bed.
PDH CEO Chris Giles said the appeal was about making a patient’s stay in hospital as comfortable and safe as possible.
“When people have to stay in hospital, we want them to have the best equipment and the best hospital beds,” Ms Giles said. “Beds are the core piece of equipment that everyone needs when they go into hospital.”
Ms Giles said having modern and functional beds to suit every occasion and every person was an essential part of a successful health service.
“Not only is it good for patients to have the best in beds that suit different sizes and can be moved and adjusted as needed, it’s also safer for staff and easier for them to manage their workload,” she said.
“The beds we need are easy to use, safe and reduce workload stress and we need to have a range of beds to suit everyone.”
Anyone wanting to make a donation can contact PDH.