Macksville Hospital giving high fives after appeal

MACKSVILLE District Hospital will share in the benefits of the nationwide coin drive, Give Me Five For Kids.

The Mid North Coast community has delivered a record tally of $52,508.61 to the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD).

The donation will purchase wish-list items at Macksville District, Kempsey District, Wauchope District Memorial and Port Macquarie Base hospitals.

MNCLHD chief executive Stewart Dowrick said the campaign's outstanding result would make a significant contribution to the treatment of sick children at the four hospitals.

"This year's fundraising campaign set a new record, and we are truly appreciative," Mr Dowrick said.

"The specialist paediatric equipment that will be purchased with this generous gift will assist our hospitals to better support children and new-born babies who need our help.
"It is a gift that means everything to parents who have children in hospital."

The fundraiser will buy equipment on each hospital's wish list, including a cardio respiratory monitor for babies, height-adjustable baby baths, a vital signs monitor, a haemoglobin unit, breastfeeding chairs, neonatal stethoscopes and oxygen saturation probes.

"We are overwhelmed by the support of our community," Mr Dowrick said.

"Thank you just doesn't seem to adequately express our gratitude, but to everyone who participated - from the organisers to the individuals and the businesses who donated - we are sincerely thankful. Your generosity will make a difference."

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