Bridge windfall for hospital

THE triumphant staging of the new-look Bridge to Bridge sporting carnival has provided a healthy windfall for Cohuna District Hospital.

Bridge to Bridge co-ordinator, Kirstin Nicholson presents the $11,000 donation to Cohuna District Hospital chief executive officer, Ben Maw, flanked by committee members, staff and dialysis patients, Edna Segat and Arthur Taylor.

Bridge to Bridge co-ordinator, Kirstin Nicholson presents the $11,000 donation to Cohuna District Hospital chief executive officer, Ben Maw, flanked by committee members, staff and dialysis patients, Edna Segat and Arthur Taylor.

The hospital has received a donation of $11,000 for new chairs to be used by kidney dialysis patients.

Two of the current three dialysis patients were being treated when Bridge to Bridge co-oordinator Kirstin Nicholson and most of her organising team gathered to present the donation to hospital chief executive officer, Ben Maw.

The 26th annual Bridge to Bridge switched its focus from the previous feature 8-kilometre Gunbower Creek swim from Dalton's Bridge to the town bridge, held annually over the past 25 years, to new 21-kilometre half marathon and 12.5-kilometre runs through the Gunbower State Forest.

People with kidney failure need dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive.

Cohuna District Hospital is an Austin Hospital satellite provider of dialysis treatment services.

Haemodialysis involves making a circuit where blood is pumped from the bloodstream to a machine that filters waste and excess water, and then the filtered blood is pumped back into their bloodstream. The process is not painful and can take four or more hours.

Cohuna District Hospital clinical services director, Lynne Sinclair said that current chairs were worn and had limited adjustment for patients who have to sit for four hours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

A new community committee organised the Bridge to Bridge events under the auspices of Cohuna District Progress Association.

Mrs Nicholson said that the support of sponsors, volunteers and the community and about 400 entries in running, walking and cycling events had ensured its success.

"I want to also thank the support of hospital staff who provided medical services," she said.

"I am thrilled that we are able to give enough for two new chairs."

She said that the influx of visitors had also had a positive flow-on effect on the town. 

Mr Maw said that the hospital had greatly appreciated the support and said that funds will be found to finance the third chair replacement. 

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