Jazz, wine and saving lives at Gympie festival
Kicking up your heels at Gympie’s Jazz and Wine Festival next month will also help breathe new life into Gympie Hospital.
The Wishlist event, which was rescheduled to August 13 due to recent wild weather, will raise money for a second BiPAP Non-Invasive Ventilator machine for Gympie Hospital’s Emergency Department.
The piece of life-saving equipment has a $36,946 price tag and will be housed permanently in the Department of Emergency Medicine for patients who present with breathing difficulties, or are in respiratory failure.
Gympie Hospital director of emergency Jason Lindeman said staff were sharing one BiPAP machine in the hospital.
"A second BiPAP machine at Gympie Hospital will help improve access for patients even further," Dr Lindeman said.
Dr Lindeman said BiPAP intervention had been shown to be an effective management tool for chronic obstructive airways disease, pneumonia, acute pulmonary oedema, adult respiratory distress syndrome and in cases where a patient’s oxygenation and comfort can be improved through ventilatory support.
"The BiPAP is not only a piece of life-saving equipment, but it means patients can receive more of their treatment in their own community," he added.
Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said all funds raised at the Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival would go directly towards purchasing the BiPAP Non-Invasive Ventilator along with funds from other events and donations, and the organisation hoped to make the purchase in the coming months.
"The BiPAP is, and has been, the top priority for the Gympie health service for quite some time and Wishlist is committed this year to ensure a purchase can be made," Ms Rowe said.
"Our goal, through holding this exciting fundraising event, is to keep patients and loved ones together during tough times and prevent travel to Nambour and beyond."
The Festival will feature a line up up local musicians including the hugely popular group The Kitty Kats and Robyn Brown Music – Sassy Jazz.
Tickets are $30. To book visit www.giving.wishlist.org.au/wineandjazz.