Big donations from clubs for hospital equipment


p2285-medical-gear-2The three Alice Springs Rotary clubs have made a substantial donation for two pieces of medical equipment to enhance the delivery of care to children.
The Hamilton Transport Ventilator (with neonatal capacity) and the Glidescope Video Laryngoscope, are worth a combined $70,000. The clubs’ donation of $7500 was matched dollar-for-dollar by the national Rotary organisation. The national Variety organisation donated $45,000.
CEO of the Central Australia Health Service, Sue Korner says: “The transportable neonatal ventilator will enable the hospital to undertake retrieval (and transfer) of babies in remote areas to the hospital and also from our hospital to Adelaide with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.”
Another device to assist in the intubation of critically unwell children is the Glidescope Video Laryngoscope which will be based in the hospital’s Emergency Department, she says. The Laryngoscope enables the operator to see down a child’s throat to the larynx with the aid of a camera.
“We provide services to around 12,500 young patients each year.”
Ms Korner says the resources of the Central Australia Health Service are “constantly expanding”.
p2285-medical-gear-1Construction of a new $5m teaching and training facility on the hospital campus is well underway along with works which will see the intensive care unit move to a first floor location closer to the new emergency department and the surgical ward.
PHOTOS courtesy Rotary Club of Stuart show parts of the equipment, as well as Dr Shane Tan and Dr Nina Kilfoyle demonstrating it.


  1. Ironic that we spend millions on sporting events in this town, millions on government officials, and yet these two vital pieces of equipment, at the same cost of a weeks travel expenses by two ministers, must be paid for by struggling community groups.
    The Director of Emergency has been begging for this equipment for years from the powers that be, same ones who will get their photos in the media for supporting this donation, same ones who will be first in line to make use of it if their new born gets sick, but couldn’t take public transport for one week to cough up for it.


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