The maternity operating suite at Canterbury Hospital has recently received its first state-of-the-art Panda Warmer to help critically ill newborns thanks to a $25,000 donation from Canterbury League Club.
The Panda Neonatal Resuscitaire Unit is a special examination bed for babies which includes a warmer, monitoring devices and an in-built resuscitation system to care for critically ill newborns. The latest unit joins four other Panda Warmers at the hospital, bringing the total to five.
“It’s a vital piece of equipment which has already been in use by our staff caring for babies at the most vulnerable of times,” said Michael Morris, Canterbury Hospital’s Acting General Manager.
“We have a longstanding partnership with the Club. Its support is continuing to help us to provide the best of care for our patients and their families. It’s making a big difference to our hospital, our staff and, most importantly, the quality of life of our patients,” Mr Morris says.
Canterbury Hospital is in one of the fastest growing areas of Sydney and last year, their dedicated team of doctors, nurses and midwives delivered about 1500 babies.
Paul Dunn, Chairman of Canterbury League Club said: “I had the opportunity to recently tour the maternity ward to view the new Panda unit as well as the baby birthing suite which Canterbury funded. I was impressed with the whole system after seeing and speaking to the midwives and parents using it – it was amazing to see its positive effect on our local community.”