Our Impact at a Glance
With the support of local businesses, community groups and individual donors, we have purchased medical equipment to the tune of millions. This has and continues to change health outcomes for those who rely on our hospital and services.
Investing in the people who provide care is important to our Foundation. We do this through scholarships and training, building on the skill set that services our region.
Funding regionally led research that aims to tackle the unique health problems of our community is also among our priorities.
If you can help make a difference to our health service, please donate now or contact us on 1300 BHF 000.
Automated Technology Funded by Appeal
Working to support the technological advancement of our hospital and services, we are excited to announce the arrival to our hospital of a cutting edge, high tech piece of equipment, an Automated Dispensing System for our Pharmacy.
This special delivery was made possible by our community of supporters. Over one million dollars was raised through the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal to go towards the purchase of this Electronic Drug Imprest & Automated Robotic Medication System (ARMS).
By joining the age of automation, this system will help free up valuable pharmacy staff time for direct patient care.
Fundraising to save lives
Donations from our generous community funded a second Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath Lab) at our Bendigo hospital. Each week, the Cath Lab treats around 40 people, and some of these are life-saving interventions.
Treatments for patients with heart disease, Australia’s biggest killer, and those in cardiac emergencies are delivered by our Cath Labs. This reduces the need for transport to Melbourne, saving critical time and ultimately, keeping families together.
This is the difference your support of Bendigo Health Fundraising & Foundation makes. It can and does save lives.
Improved patient comfort in Renal Services
At Bendigo Health our Renal Services provides haemodialysis, a life sustaining therapy, to community patients who attend the unit three times each week. Many have complex medical needs and sit in treatment chairs for up to five hours each time they undergo dialysis.
Unfortunately, discomfort among these patients is common and the amount of time they must attend the Renal Service significantly impacts on their quality of life.
In 2019, our Foundation partner Bendigo Bank provided a grant for 12 entertainment units, bringing some welcome distractions to our patients during dialysis.
Following a $27,000 donation by Fosterville Gold in 2020, three new dialysis chairs have been secured for our Renal Service. Nurse Unit Manager of the Unit, Jo Ford, explained the impact of the funding.
“These new chairs can move quickly into the resuscitation position if required and we have until this point not been able to have these ‘ready for retirement’ chairs replaced due to the cost.
“This generous gift will mean so much to all of the patients and staff in our service,” said Jo.
Volunteer Express Patient Bus Service
Thanks to community support of a previous Christmas Appeal, we were able to fund a new volunteer driven Bendigo Health patient bus, the Volunteer Express.
The Bendigo Health Volunteer Express transports more than 300 patients to their appointments each month. The Volunteer Express is more than a bus, it is a friendly smile or a reassuring chat from a volunteer who gives up their time to go the extra mile for patients in their time of need.