PALLIATIVE care patients at Gympie Hospital will enjoy a new level of comfort with the arrival of the Princess chair.
The chair's cushioning is made from pressureless, air-filled, high frequency welded PVC bags which evenly distribute the patient's weight ensuring there are no main pressure points which could restrict circulation.
Palliative Care Unit nurse manager Sue Maclean said the chair would prove invaluable to palliative care patients who have to sit or lie for long periods. "This chair will sustain comfort for our patients and also assist with the prevention of falls," she said.
The purchase of the chair, which cost about $2700, was made possible by the fundraising efforts of Bev Parry, a nurse in the Palliative Care unit.
With the support of Wishlist (Sunshine Coast Health Foundation), Bev raised $2300 for the Gympie Hospital Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Unit.
"I am happy to know that part of the money we raised is being put to such good use," Ms Parry said.
Wishlist raises money for Gympie Hospital by calling for donations towards a range of much needed equipment including a Vision BiPap machine worth $38,125 and a Blood Warmer ($3500) for the emergency unit.