Dialysis treatment chair replacement project completion celebrated

Representatives from organisations who raised funds to replace seven dialysis treatment chairs at East Grampians Health Service celebrated the end of the project with an afternoon tea and tour of the EGHS Dialysis Unit.

More than $51,000 was raised by four groups, including $34,000 from the EGHS 2019 Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay teams, East Grampians Health Service Auxiliary (including a grant from the Bulgana Wind Farm Community Fund), Freemasons Victoria United Ararat Lodge Social Club and Freemasons Benevolent Fund, Ararat Community Assist and the EGHS Past Trainee Nurses’ Association.

EGHS chief executive Andrew Freeman thanked the organisations for their outstanding fundraising efforts over the past year.

“The hard work of our Murray to Moyne team and the generosity of these community organisations has meant we have been able to complete this project in 12 months, rather than two years,” Mr Freeman said.

“We are very grateful for their support of the health service and commitment to seeing our dialysis patients provided with comfortable treatment chairs.

“Patients are required to sit for four to five hours a day, three days a week and these new treatment chairs provide state-of-the-art comfort and safety for them, and the staff who treat them.

“Our patients are already enjoying the benefits of the new chairs and are very grateful for the generosity of our community.”

Manager perioperative services Kirsten Carr demonstrates the new treatment chair

Donors to the EGHS Dialysis Treatment Chair Replacement Project, with one of the new chairs