QUEENSLAND Coal Corporation has handed over a generous $25,000 donation to the Emerald Hospital Emergency Department as part of its ongoing support of the local community.
QCC is one of the largest private holders of coal projects in Queensland and boasts a significant portfolio of coking, PCI and thermal coal assets throughout the coal-rich Bowen, Surat, Galilee and Clarence-Moreton basins.
The money donated to the Central Highlands Health Service by QCC has enabled the Emerald Hospital ED to purchase much needed medical pumps including three Alaris syringe pumps with guard rails, five NIKI T subcutaneous syringe pumps and one Gemstar Patient Control Analgesia pump.
While Emerald has benefited from these purchases, so too have other health centres in the Central Highlands. One NIKI T will go to Blackwater Hospital, one to Springsure Hospital, Emerald Community Health will receive two NIKI T and a further one for Emerald Hospital.
Anaesthetist Dr Davis Brookman is looking forward to being able to use the PCA machines to keep patients pain free. This efficient pain management device will contribute to a speedy recovery following surgery.
Purchasing the same pumps for the above facilities ensures that one standard model for subcutaneous syringe pumps will be utilised between acute care and community care services. The subcutaneous syringe pumps work by injecting a continuous amount of pain relieving medication so cancer patients and other patients with chronic pain can stay living independently at home. It also ensures that staff are familiar and proficient in the use of a common pump.
The Alaris syringe pumps will be used to support the management and stabilisation of acutely unwell patients prior to transfer to a hospital that is able to provide intensive care.
QCC is currently carrying out exploration programs in the area with the view to developing four projects into mines which will generate hundreds of new jobs across the community.