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Thankful patients making a vital difference

August 18th, 2017

The Immunology Clinic A4D ward at Westmead Hospital has recently received a generous donation from The GBS Association of NSW Inc. – a support group for patients diagnosed with Guillain- Barré  Syndrome.

The Blood Pressure/vitals machine was donated as part of the Association’s mission of seeking strategies to help improve the quality of life of those patients affected by the disease.

Mark Kunach, Chair of the GBS Association, said that support from the group goes further than the patients and includes partners, family and friends.

We know recovery for patients is often measured in months and years so they will need close support from their family and friends to sustain them on the road to recovery.  To this end, improving the quality of life of patients by providing staff with the equipment to ensure best practice and increase patient through-put has a number of cost benefits.  The patient gets the best possible care in the minimal possible time; no one wants to be in hospital longer than is necessary,” he said.

This piece of equipment provides staff at the A4D ward, where GBS patients are treated, with the best tools to rapidly respond to patient needs thereby increasing efficiency and flexibility to respond to more urgent matters if required.

As a patient of Westmead Hospital’s A4D ward, Mark has seen first-hand the importance of having the latest technology for quicker diagnosis, treatments and better models of care.

Left to Right: Trish Brice, Rita & Ken Brooke, Mark Kunach, Paula Stone, Amenze Itoya

This is not the first donation from the GBS Association to Westmead Medical Research Foundation. Back in 2015 they donated a number of pieces of equipment and generously, they have held open the offer to consider further donations.

The new vitals machine is a much improved version – it is two thirds smaller than the similar equipment donated two years ago plus it has an ear thermometer and a blue tooth linked to patient records to further increase efficiencies.

We are very grateful to community groups such as the GBS Association who generously provide support via the funding of new cutting-edge medical equipment matching their charitable goals with our mission of supporting the delivery of medical research and patient care,”

said Alison Whittaker, Relationship Manager of Westmead Medical Research Foundation.

The GBS Association is funded solely by donations and membership and their Committee members are unpaid volunteers.  The donation of this piece of equipment represents the support of families and friends of patients, as well as members and other supporters of the GBS Association.

For more information on how your community group or association can support the work of Westmead Medical Research Foundation, please contact Alison Whittaker or 1800 639 037 or email WMRF Heart

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