Palliative Care Service staff and Freemasons at the handover (from left) Jane Reynolds, John Bertram, Helen Glover, Norm Standing, Heather Pirie, Phil Robertson and Bev Morris. Photo: Supplied
Palliative Care Service staff and Freemasons at the handover (from left) Jane Reynolds, John Bertram, Helen Glover, Norm Standing, Heather Pirie, Phil Robertson and Bev Morris. Photo: Supplied

Palliative Care Service patients breathe easy after donation

THE generosity of the Coffs Harbour Freemasons has enabled two oxygen concentrators to be handed over to the local Palliative Care Service based at Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

The concentrators, worth about $2000 each, are less costly and more convenient than tanks and can be loaned to patients of the Palliative Care Service for use in their own homes.

Palliative Care clinical nurse consultant Bev Morris said oxygen was used as a therapy to relieve the distressing symptoms of breathlessness.

"Having a concentrator at home provides comfort and security for the patient and carers, as they know the supply of oxygen is available," Ms Morris said

"Oxygen concentrators are a valuable resource. They supply slow-stream oxygen, which enhances quality of life for patients with breathing difficulties and enables them to remain at home for ongoing care."

The donation came about after the Freemasons group heard that the Palliative Care Service had an increasing demand for the machines.

"We are very grateful to the Coffs Harbour Freemasons for this very generous donation which will be a great comfort and help to our patients," Ms Morris said.



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