THE Mareeba Hospital’s OPERA (Old Persons Evaluation, Rehabilitation and Assessment) Unit is now home to a new Eazy-One Spirometer Machine thanks to the generosity of the Lions and Lioness Clubs of Mareeba.
Fundraising from the community organisation has been in the works for the past 12 months, and new Lioness Club President Lyn Dyer noted her excitement about the Tablelands receiving such an important medical service.
“We’re really pleased to help the community and in particular the Mareeba Hospital in any way we can,” Ms Dyer said.
“Over the years we’ve helped the hospital with a number of things that we’ve purchased, and that’s what we’re about as an organisation, lending a hand whenever we can.”
Ms Dyer said she would like to thank the Lions Club for their donation.
“We put this idea forward to the Lions Club and they agreed to fund half the money – so we’re very appreciative of that,” she said.
“A special thanks also goes to Lioness member Joan Moore, she is the consumer representative who attends the OPERA Unit meetings, and none of this could have happened without her enormous contribution.”
A morning tea was held courtesy of the Mareeba Hospital to show their gratitude to the Lioness and Lions Club of Mareeba for their financial support.
“A huge thank you goes out to the Lioness and Lions Clubs of Mareeba who have provided an essential medical service to the region,” OPERA Unit Manager Tanya Barker said.
“This machine enables us to do an evaluation of patient’s lung capacity when they first come into the unit.
“Sometimes that can be used for diagnosis or just to assess where the patient is medically with regards to their lung capacity and prescription of exercise and medication.
“In addition, it also can be utilised throughout their admission to show progress and we use that not only for exercise and medication prescription, but also to motivate the patient so that they can become as independent as possible through their admission with the OPERA Unit.”
Ms Barker said the donations demonstrate how wonderful the Tablelands community is and how willing people are to get behind the local hospital.