Donation enhances patient care

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Patients undergoing treatment at the Haematology Department of the North Lakes Medical Precinct, will be among those to benefit from a new piece of equipment donated by the local Freemasons.

Northgate Remembrance Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland recently donated $5,000 to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation, to help with efforts to purchase a vein finder machine.

Northgate Remembrance Lodge Master Kevin Parker said they were proud to help enhance patient care at the Hospital.

“Patients from across the region are referred to this Department each year. It’s also where I was treated, when I was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015,” Kevin said.

“This new machine will make things easier for nursing staff and reduce discomfort for patients,” he said.

“It’s a nice feeling knowing that this donation will help others who are in a similar situation to the one I was in. It was an honour to present the $5,000 cheque.”

Kevin’s journey began after a small bump, about half the size of a marble appeared on the right side of his face, on his cheek. He was given a good report after 6 rounds of chemo at the RBWH and at North Lakes Hospital. He now goes back every three months for check-ups.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the sentiment behind the donation aligned with their values which include, alleviating suffering to empower people to lead better lives.

“Enhancing patient care to make their hospital stay more comfortable, is indeed a worthwhile initiative. Supporting men’s health is also one of the focuses of our charity.”

“We were only too happy to match the efforts of Northgate Remembrance Lodge, to enable a greater impact to be made at a grassroots level,” Gary said.

Photo: Northgate Remembrance Lodge representative Kevin Parker alongside hospital staff.

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