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Emergency Department gets the green light on Vesticam
Emergency Department gets the green light on Vesticam
30 March 2021

The emergency department gets the green light on Vesticam With the help of our wonderful community, the emergency department will be able to reduce the need for repeat movement tests with patients experiencing dizziness and or vertigo. Jenni Meehan, Allied Health Team Leader was ecstatic to hear they are receiving funding for a Vesticam. “When Brighter Lives told me, I was ecstatic they made my week, month, and year. We’ve never had access to this equipment, and it really is a one-of...

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It's our big 5 Raffle Draw
It's our big 5 Raffle Draw
2 March 2021

It's our big 5 raffle draw!  Prize 1 - Ticket number 440. LT Prize 2 - Ticket number 149. DH Prize 3 - Ticket number 2650. AM Prize 4 - Ticket number 2910. SP Prize 5 - Ticket number 602.  DT Thank you so much for your support and congratulations to the winners.  Keep an eye out for our next raffle - Mothers Day raffle drawn on Monday 3 May. ...

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Virtual reality going to theatre
Virtual reality going to theatre
16 February 2021

Did you know? Donations from our community have funded six Virtual Reality (VR) headsets for the Anaesthetics and Persistent Pain Management Service. VR has become widely used in the management of procedural pain, such as cannulation, burns dressings, and other conditions. Research from Queensland Children’s Hospital found significant benefits for children with various conditions. ICT Project Manager, Michael Barber, said the VR headsets have found significant benefits for children with va...

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No excess baggage for people experiencing trauma
No excess baggage for people experiencing trauma
15 February 2021

In a health emergency the last thing you think of is grabbing a suitcase full of things you may need. This was the case for a child and mother from PNG who were transferred to the Townsville University Hospital for urgent medical treatment. Social Worker, Jenny Harris approached Brighter Lives for a donation of a suitcase for the family so that they can return home with their new belongings.    “We have patients that come to Townsville University Hospital for urgent medical treat...

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2021 Community Wall Planner
2021 Community Wall Planner
10 February 2021

Got your Community Wall Planner yet? So raid your piggy bank, at only $2 a copy, and with every dollar going to Brighter Lives Townsville Hospital Foundation.  This wall planner will keep you organised and fundraising for a good cause in 2021. It's all about locals supporting locals. Grab your copy today, available at:  Townsville University Hospital, Gift Shop on the ground floorCommunity Information Centre Avenues Newsagency Stuart Drive Food and News  Brighter Lives i...

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Music soothes children in emergency
Music soothes children in emergency
10 February 2021

The emergency department can often feel overwhelming and scary place to be in, especially for our children.   Staff rely heavily on distraction therapy to distract and comfort patients. Wanting to provide a more calming experience, acting Clinical Nurse Consultant, Emma Mantio, approached Brighter Lives to request a CD player.  “Staff told us that having music in our children’s area helps to continue to provide a calming and holistic care environment,” said Emma....

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Bronchovideoscopes Saves Lives
Bronchovideoscopes Saves Lives
12 January 2021

Two bronchovideoscopes purchased with help from the community have proven life-saving for children at Townsville University Hospital Brighter Lives CEO Tanya Busoli said the two bronchovideoscopes for children under 18 years of age were funded thanks to a $54,000 grant from the Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Dr Ramaa Puvvadi, Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Physician, said they have completed more than 100 bronchoscopies and some have been lifesaving.   For children like ...

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