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Major gift enables treatment close to home

• Theatre nurses Jess Homes, Cherie Cowan and Gabrielle Buckland with specialist surgeon Mr. Vinna An and the new endoscope.

Recently, South Gippsland Hospital was able to buy one of six needed endoscopes at a total cost of more than $90,000 through the support of one of our local families, an individual member of the community and the hard work of the Hospital Auxiliary.

Hospital CEO Chris Trotman said ‘We are incredibly grateful for such generous, major gifts from the community.

‘South Gippsland Hospital is fortunate to have a number of visiting specialists come to the Hospital each month to perform various procedures but it’s vital they have the most up to date equipment for diagnostic accuracy and better health outcomes for our patients. The ability to provide the local community a procedure such as an endoscopy close to home also means patients don’t need to travel to another major centre and possibly stay overnight.’

The hospital is looking to update and replace all six endoscopes which are used in rotation on Theatre days so patients don’t have lengthy waits while equipment is sterilized between cases. An endoscopy allows a doctor to observe the inside of the body without performing major surgery using an endoscope a long, flexible tube with a lens at one end and a video camera at the other. While an endoscopy may be used for various diagnostic or treatment procedures, it is also one of the best means of early detection for several forms of cancer.

The hospital will shortly launch its end of financial year Annual Appeal and funds raised will support the hospital to purchase not only this type of equipment but also provide a range of patient care services.

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