BOONAH Hospital staff will have one less thing to worry about with the arrival of a bariatric stretcher donated by Lions Club of Boonah and their auxiliary.
More than $10,000 was raised by the club and Boonah Hospital Auxiliary towards purchasing the much-needed equipment.
Auxiliary president Doreen Nason said the gift would make the nurses’ job easier with the influx of patients from Scenic Rim and Ipswich having to use a stretcher.
“Nurses had to manually pump up the stretcher with their foot and it was a physical strain for them,” she said.
“This new bariatric stretcher is electronic so nurses don’t have to deal with the stresses they had with the old one.”
Ms Nason said the group would not be able to achieve what they had done over the years without the support from community groups.
“We are very lucky to have had the Lions club donate $4000 towards the stretcher,” she said.
“It really is a lovely stretcher and staff thought it was wonderful.”
Lions Club of Boonah secretary Wally Sands said members were pleased their donation would help make a difference.
“It’s good to see that we were able to help provide a more advanced stretcher that can carry more weight and minimise the fairly intensive work nurses had to do,” he said.
Mr Sands said former president Tom Surawski put the wheels in motion when he spoke with the auxiliary.
“The hospital needed the funds for a new stretcher and we simply answered their call,” he said.
“The funds were raised during the last financial year and we were just waiting for the bed to be delivered to see the stretcher for ourselves.”