Bendigo Health Foundation raises money for specialised medical equipment and programs. These are some stories from Bendigo Health’s Patients and staff who use the equipment

This year funds raised through Dry July will go directly to the new Wellness Program that incorporates oncology massage, cancer exercise rehabilitation, yoga, meditation, music and pet therapy and importantly a coordinator to connect our patients to the services that best meets their physical and emotional needs.
Dry July has supported Bendigo Health over many years and in recent years have funded the successful implementation of the Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise Program and the refurbishment of the Lucan Street Cancer Patient Accommodation.

Patient Clothing Program

The Bendigo Health Foundation Patient Clothing program assists around 20 individuals each month by providing items such as a tshirt, shorts or pants, underwear, socks or footwear when urgently needed in the Emergency and other Bendigo Health departments. If you would like to support this program please get in touch by emailing bhfoundation@bendigohealth.org.au or calling 1300 243 000 to learn how you can make a difference.

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Bili Light Phototherapy

The Bili Light Phototherapy equipment helps our newest community members. This story is about Paddy and his journey as a premature baby in Bendigo Health and The Royal Childrens Hospital, using equipment in the Special Care Nursery; donated by the Bendigo Health Foundation, fund-raised by the Bendigo and surrounds Community.

If you would like to support the Foundation please get in touch by emailing bhfoundation@bendigohealth.org.au or calling 1300 243 000 to learn how you can make a difference.

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TVs for Renal

Bendigo Bank Central branch have proudly awarded a grant to provide 12 TVs to Bendigo Health’s Renal Unit. The televisions are a welcome addition to the ward as patients who are on dialysis spend many hours every week in this part of the hospital.

Pilates Reformer

The Pilates Reformer is a highly useful tool assisting in neurological rehabilitation. It can also be utilised for general strengthening for a wide array of patients including post-operative joint replacements.

Mannequins and iPads

New mannequins and iPads helped provide effective, simulation-based training in the Special Care Nursery at Bendigo Health.

Second Catheterisation Laboratory

– To provide 24/7 service for emergency cardiac interventions

Donations from our generous community funded the second Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath Lab) in order provide the foundations for Bendigo Health to offer 24/7 service for emergency cardiac interventions.

Time is everything in an emergency. Treatments for patients with heart disease and in cardiac emergencies are done in a Cath Lab to view real-time moving pictures of the heart and coronary arteries. This helps cardiologists diagnose disease and guides them during procedures. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, people living outside of major Australian cities are 44% more likely to die from this disease  than those living in major cities.

This second Cath Lab reduces the risk to those patients, and means that there is less emergency transport for cardiac patients to Melbourne; keeping families closer together.  Importantly, this second Cath Lab will allow Bendigo Health to save time, money and lives in the Loddon Mallee community for those affected by heart disease – Australia’s biggest killer.