Wishlist creates daisy chain for hospital

WISHLIST is joining other local businesses and organisations to brighten up Mary St tomorrow night and provide warmth and colour to the popular strip.

Wishlist will dress an adopted tree in Mary Street as part of the Winter Trees on Mary inaugural event.

Volunteer staff members are calling on the help of the local community to help them create a daisy chain for the Wishlist tree, which is situated in front of Lifeline Op Shop.

By purchasing a daisy, completing your name and being part of the daisy chain, you will enable Wishlist to continue providing quality health care for patients in Gympie.

Funds raised through this community campaign will be directed towards an emergency maternal mannequin for the Maternity and Women's Health Unit.

Gympie's antenatal clinics see many more women than actually birth at Gympie Hospital and who, for a variety of reasons, are deemed high risk, requiring to birth at Nambour.

While expecting mothers are carefully screened and deliveries at Gympie Hospital are of low risk pregnancies, not everyone's pregnancy progresses without complications, and similarly for birthing.

Nurse unit manager Shaneen Osborne is encouraging the Gympie community to get behind this fundraiser by purchasing a daisy.

"Whilst our midwives and medical officers are regularly updated with courses to effectively manage such emergencies to achieve the best possible outcome for both mother and baby, this training alone is insufficient," she said.

"This essential training tool will enable staff to improve patient safety and outcomes by being well educated in obstetric emergency management."

Wishlist is Gympie's local hospital foundation dedicated to raising funds for the needs of our public health service.

Annually, it pledges more than $1 million to providing new and upgraded equipment, training, support programs and research funding for the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.

With the addition and support from Wishlist through the provision of state-of-the-art wards, equipment and innovative programs there is a greater likelihood essential and modern services can be provided to keep patients here in Gympie rather than them needing to travel to the coast or beyond.

Daisy's are available for purchase for only $2 at the Wishlist Coffee House at the front of Gympie Hospital.

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