Posted on Monday, 15 March 2021

A $24,000 donation from Canterbury League Club to purchase an Integrated Power Console (IPC) system has gone a long way to improving the experience of children having ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery at Canterbury Hospital.

The IPC is a specialised surgical tool that helps remove soft and hard tissue, and bone during surgery in a less painful and less invasive way. Surgeons can connect multiple hand tools at one time, control the speed and pressure during wound irrigation, and can easily navigate a large touchscreen menu.

“Over the past two years, as a result of population increasesnin the area, there has been a tripling in the number of children under 18 having ENT surgery at Canterbury Hospital including removing tonsils and/or adenoids and the insertion of grommets,” said Sue Baker, Community Participation & Volunteer Manager at Canterbury Hospital.

“This growth has put pressure on our service delivery and the funding available for us to deliver these services. This new equipment will improve the surgical experience for 25 people per week who have ENT surgery and reduce their overall recovery time.”

Paul Dunn, Chairman of Canterbury League Club said: “Our long-standing partnership with Canterbury Hospital saw us commit $67,000 in 2020 – a significant sum that went towards purchasing surgical tools, umbrella sunshades, and refitting their maternity ward with a baby bathing room and kitchen. The hospital plays a vital role in our community so we are proud to help where we can.”