UPGRADE: Dr Michael Koutsoukis from South West Healthcare and Sherree King from Spotlight are hoping for a new ultrasound machine.THE first major donation has been sewn up in the search for funds to purchase a 3D midwifery unit ultrasound machine for South West Healthcare (SWH).
Spotlight Warrnambool has made a contribution of $7246 for the state-of-the-art machine.
The donation has kick-started the fund-raising campaign that has a target of $29,000.
Spotlight Warrnambool manager Sherree King said the decision to provide the donation was an easy one.
“Over the last eight years we have donated around $40,000 to South West Healthcare,” Ms King said.
“The donation for this machine has been raised over the last two years, it is something that was identified as being badly needed. As a business it is great to be able to show our support for women’s health.”
Ms King said Spotlight’s donation was raised through raffle tickets sold in the store. She saidproceeds from the business’ annual student design awards night also contributed to the tally.
Directorof Obstetrics and Gynecology at South West Healthcare Dr Michael Koutsoukissaid the new machine would serve a dual purpose.
He said the machine would help with pelvic floor muscle treatment and also in monitoring pregnancies.
“Ultra-sound technology has gone ahead quickly in the past five years,” Dr Koutsoukis said.
“This new machine is purpose built for women’s health. The3D ultra-sound imaging is becoming more and more important in terms of assessment inthe treatment of pelvic floor problems. This technology will allow us to have the ability at the bedside to make more accurate assessments and be able to deliverthe right treatment. This technology is being used in Melbourne but it would be great to have access to it here.”
Dr Koutsoukis operates out of the women’s health services clinic at South West Healthcare. Thisclinic has been in place since 2011 and plays a key role in treating women during their pregnancies.
Dr Koutsoukis said a new 3D machine would be a huge boost for pregnant women in the south west.
“From the pregnancy care side of things, this new machine would allow us to offer bedside 3D imagining which isn’t available for public patients in Warrnamboolnow,” Dr Koutsoukis said.
“It would allow us tomake more accurate assessments offetal size.”
Donations for the 3D midwifery unit ultrasound machine can be made at South West Healthcare.Proceeds from the sales of the Good Morning Warrnambool calendar, which costs $15, will also go to the appeal.
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