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Monday, May 17, 2021

John Hunter Children’s Hospital welcomes new lifesaving equipment

Sick children are the real winners courtesy of a lifesaving donation welcomed at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital last week.

Thanks to the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and Hitachi, the New Lambton Heights medical plugged in three new syringe infusion pumps within its childrens’ wards.

Ward J2 Adolescents, Day Stay and the Paediatric Sleep Unit are now home to a BBraun Perfusor Space Syringe Driver, valued at $2,500 each.

The pumps are used to measure small amounts of medication intravenously for children who require specialised medications, particularly diabetics (insulin infusions), septic shock (inotropes), pain relief and sedation for various conditions for very unwell children. 

Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia managing director David Harvey said it was a privilege to be in a position to support the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and ultimately sick children.

“We wanted to be actively involved in supporting the Humpty Dumpty Foundation in delivering much needed medical equipment to local hospitals,” he said.

“It is with thanks to the generosity of donors like Hitachi that the Humpty Dumpty Foundation can urgently respond to the pleas from the frontline and make a real difference to hospitals and healthcare services across Australia.”

Humpty Dumpty Foundation chair Paul Francis said help was particularly needed in regional areas, like the Hunter.

“Now more than ever, hospitals and healthcare services need Humpty’s help and it is important we continue our critical work of providing essential and often life-saving medical equipment to metropolitan and regional areas like Newcastle to ease the load on our frontline professionals,” he said.

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation was officially born in 1996. 

It provides life-saving medical equipment specifically requested by more than 440 hospitals and health services across Australia.  

Each piece of medical equipment requested is stringently assessed by Humpty’s medical sub-committee.  

To date, Humpty has raised over $80m, providing equipment for approximately 20,000 children (0- 18 years) who are in hospital on any given day.  

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