Swampies pop into Gosford Hospital with a $5,000 donation

Holding the cheque are Ken Martin, Toni Hoad, Jan Richens and Leanne Roberts as Swampies members watch on

The Swampies Social Golf Club has donated $5,000 to Gosford Hospital to buy a new remote paging system.

Associated with The Everglades Country Club, Woy Woy, Swampies members handed the cheque over recently to hospital staff.

The new system will allow hospital theatre staff to allocate a pager to a child’s parent or carer as the patient is being taken in for surgery.

When the patient’s procedure is complete, staff will be able to make contact with the parent or carer by activating the pager.

Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) Manager Fundraising and Donations, Jan Richens, Acting Director Women Children and Families, Leanne Roberts, and Nurse Unit Manager Logistics, Toni Hoad, formally accepted the cheque.

“This paging system is much more flexible, effective and time-saving than say the use of mobile phones or ‘manpower’ to contact parents,” Hoad said.

“Parents can confidently go and have a coffee or check on other family members knowing their pager will ‘go off’ as soon as the patient is ready, without the need to wait in the surgical waiting area.”

Richens said it was a pleasure working with such community-minded individuals to enhance care provided by Central Coast Health.

“These guys thoroughly enjoy their golf and the social side of getting together each week but they also have a great deal of pride knowing they are helping the local community with their fundraising,” she said.

Swampies Social Golf Club Secretary, Ken Martin, said the group had a long history of donations to local causes throughout its 42 years.

“In recent years our donations have been directed to the District’s Children’s Fund and to Cancer Services to purchase equipment that is vitally needed,” he said.

“In the past 10 years, the Swampies are proud to have donated over $25,000 to Central Coast Local Health District Services.”

Media release, Jun 6
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