Blacktown Hospital receives vital patient monitor

06 Feb 2017

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation and IGA have made a significant difference to Blacktown Hospital's special care nursery, donating an MX550 patient monitor.

Nurse Unit Manager- Terry Freeman, Baby - Lincoln Carter Iata 

IGA raised the funds for the monitor, which is valued at nearly $27,000, and were on-hand, along with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, to hand over the machine on February 3 to Blacktown Hospital staff.

MX550 patient monitors are used to measure a child’s blood pressure, temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate, to determine how well they are recovering from surgery.

If any of these indicators deteriorate, the monitor will sound an alarm for medical staff to immediately attend.

Blacktown Hospital special care nursery manager Therese Freeman thanked IGA for its generous donation.

“This piece of equipment will be well-used by nurses in our special care nursery, who are devoted to caring for the hospital’s littlest patients,” she said.

“This vital equipment will ensure we can continue to give the best-quality care to our patients.”

SUPA IGA Werrington owner Richard Rizk said the equipment was one of 11 donations IGA retailers across NSW and ACT had made.

“IGA retailers and their teams have been involved with schools, sporting and community organisations in Blacktown for many years and we are proud to make this contribution to Blacktown Hospital, " he said.

“It is great to have access to this state-of-the-art MX 550 patient monitor locally and we hope that it can assist many children and their families if, and when, they need it."