Local community helps fund important research into sepsis

Two cutting edge health research projects on the Gold Coast that could prolong and even save lives, wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the local community. 

The Gold Coast Hospital Foundation secured $100,000 in donations within just six weeks to fund the Rapid Research Project which aims to reduce diagnosis times for children with sepsis from two days to just a matter of hours.

“This is an exciting time for us on the Coast, with the Gold Coast University Hospital ideally located within the emerging Health and Knowledge Precinct,” said Kim Sutton, CEO of the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation. This is just the start of our efforts to raise funds to support the Gold Coast Health’s research program, she added.

The Foundation’s major fundraiser, the Hospital Heroes Ball on August 4, focused on health research.

“Considering 50 children die each year from sepsis in Australia and New Zealand it is vitally important to reduce diagnosis times as every hour increases mortality by 6 per cent. Another research project will test a new treatment to slow the progression of motor neurone disease, which is known as the ‘1000-day disease’ because the average patient is given a thousand days to live upon diagnosis; it also took the life of the world’s most well-known physicist, Stephen Hawking earlier this year,” Ms Sutton said.

“You can’t cure the disease, but doctors at Gold Coast University Hospital will test new ways to slow disease progression, and enhance life expectancy, by using new medicinal cannabis oil. It’s not only researchers and clinicians that could have an impact worldwide with their research but local residents as well, as it is their decision to donate to the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation that supports this research to happen. Funding and delivering cutting-edge health research will help attract some of the best researchers and clinicians from around the country to come and live and work here.”

To show your support you can make a donation at http://gchfoundation.org.au/donate

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Teddy hospital comes to shopping centre in time for school holidays

During the winter school holiday a teddy bear hospital opened at Australia Fair Shopping Centre for all to enjoy.

In July the teddy hospital opened its doors and invited children to bring their ‘sick’ or damaged teddy or doll, dress-up as either a doctor or nurse in scrubs, stethoscope and face mask – and nurse their ‘patients’ back to health.

Gold Coast Hospital Foundation mascot Betty Get Better made an appearance at the family friendly activity, and there was also a colouring-in competition with a small prize up for grabs.

Australia Fair Marketing Manager, Ms Louise Jurgs said this is a wonderful opportunity for children to feel less anxious about going to hospital and learn how the Foundation helps reduce medical hardship for local patients.

“We are delighted to host this unique event and help raise awareness and funds for this amazing charity who help support sick and injured child and adult patients suffering distress and hardship on the Gold Coast.”

The week-long activity was part of the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation’s ScrubUP September appeal, which provides a fun way for Gold Coasters to raise money to relieve medical hardship for local patients.

“Funds raised through ScrubUP September will help promote the Foundation’s vital work to help more than 95,000 local patients and families who experience illness, injury and disability each year,” Gold Coast Hospital Foundation CEO Kim Sutton said.

“The money will also keep life-saving programs running like the Foundation’s Cancer Patient Transport Service, medical equipment wish list and cutting-edge health research.”

Everyone can get involved in ScrubUP September including schools, businesses, community groups and individuals. Simply host a fundraising activity for a day, week or whole month. To receive a FREE ScrubUP September kit, sign-up online at scrubupseptember.com.au today.

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Athletes’ hospital visit shares spirit of the Games

Young patients being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital recently had the rare opportunity to meet with Commonwealth Games athletes face-to-face.

Gold Coast Hospital Foundation mascot Betty Get Better was thrilled to show athletes around the children’s ward, and introduce them to patients.

Many patients and family members were excited to meet sporting greats from the Kookaburras, Hockeyroos and both the Australian Table Tennis and Boxing teams. This was especially because few people from the estimated 1.5 million spectators will have an opportunity to see athletes up-close.

“It was amazing, I have always wanted to be athletic but I never had the opportunity [to try]. There is [now] a [good] reason to get better,” teenager Charlotte Chatwood (pictured centre) said in a televised interview.

Another patient, Ethan Heley, was excited to meet sporting greats from the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos. His mother, Keltie, said the athletes’ visit could not have come at a better time for Ethan.

“I think this is something he will be able to treasure for the rest of his life, and especially being a challenging time for him,” Keltie Foster said in an interview.

Daniel Beale from the Kookaburras was very pleased to help relieve medical hardship for local patients.

“Whenever we get the opportunity to go in and possibly make a change in their day, we jump at the chance,” Beale said at a press conference.

Renee Taylor from the Hockeyroos was impressed by the 300-strong contingent of volunteers at the hospital.

“Even just speaking to the volunteers, everyone is saying Aussie, Aussie, Aussie,” Taylor said at a press conference.