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Making a small monthly contribution to Gold Coast Hospital Foundation is the most effective way that you can help improve health care for Gold Coast patients. Regular monthly income assists us in planning and budgeting so that we can prioritise the medical equipment, research and staff education that will best serve Gold Coast Health and its patients. Become a supporter today by helping Gold Coast Hospital Foundation with a monthly donation.
Christmas is a time of unexpected medical crisis for many families
The emergency departments at Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital are two of the busiest emergency departments in Australia. Caring for an average of 280 patients per day throughout the year, their teams respond quickly to every unexpected incident, accident and illness you could imagine. Each year, during the Christmas holiday period, the number of patients treated in our emergency departments increases to more than 400 at its peak.
Take young Lauren Grocott from Northern NSW for example. Aged just 13 years old and with a great love for horses Lauren regularly participates in events at her local horse club. Unexpectedly, she fell from her beloved horse, Liquorice, and hit her head on the ground. With only her helmet to cushion the impact, Lauren suffered a traumatic brain injury. Continually vomiting and falling in and out of consciousness, Lauren was put into an induced coma and then airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital for urgent medical care.
Watching her daughter fly away and not being able go with her was incredibly distressing for mum, Leanne. Desperate to be by her side, Lauren’s parents and her brother made the long 4 hour drive to hospital not knowing if Lauren would survive. When they arrived they realised they could not afford accommodation to be close to Lauren who would need to stay in ICU for an unknown period of time.
With the help of generous community donations, the Foundation was able to pay for accommodation to keep Lauren’s family together during their unexpected medical emergency. Your gift will help provide emergency accommodation for more families like Lauren’s.
The Foundation is also helping to fund vital research to achieve better outcomes for trauma patients suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As well as facing the challenges of their own serious injury or illness, trauma patients can also face long-term side effects caused by conditions such as PTSD. Your donation today will help fund research that aims to improve outcomes for trauma patients and seeks to help predict the often debilitating condition.