Auburn Hospital receives life-saving technology
17 Feb 2017
Life-saving paediatric healthcare has taken a step into the future, with the installation of Vision for Life technology at Auburn Hospital, thanks to Variety – the Children’s Charity and donors - the Baxter Family Foundation, Pat Cole’s Autobody and Christine Wonacott.
Vision for Life is state-of-the-art telemedicine equipment that connects hospital staff with paediatric specialists at the NETS centre, ensuring all patients have access to the best healthcare - no matter where they live.
Auburn Hospital is the latest NSW hospital to receive the technology, which has been completely funded by donors to Variety – the Children’s Charity. The equipment is now located in the hospital’s emergency department and special care nursery.
Using the Vision for Life technology, specialists at NETS are able to visually diagnose a child, ensuring they receive the correct diagnosis and immediate life-saving treatment. Access to this equipment will help save the lives of children, cut down on misdiagnosis and unnecessary use of expensive aeromedical transport.
Auburn Hospital general manager Andrew Newton thanked the donors and Variety – the Children’s Charity for their generous donation.
“This equipment will greatly enhance care at Auburn Hospital, particularly for our smallest patients,” he said. “The machines will enable our hospital staff to have instant access to paediatric specialists, which can be critical when treating children in an emergency situation.”
Variety – the Children’s Charity CEO David Sexton said Variety was committed to helping Aussie kids in need.
“Every child deserves access to the best healthcare available and I am proud to say Variety, along with the generosity of donors like Pat Cole’s Autobody, is helping make this a reality,” he said. “We have now funded more than 90 Vision for Life units in hospitals around NSW, with just a few locations left.”
Pat Cole, owner of Pat Cole's Autobody, said he was delighted to support the local community. “We are thrilled to be able to invest in technology that will save the lives of sick kids treated at Auburn Hospital," he said.