UP to 500 southern Mornington Peninsula residents will benefit from yet another piece of world-class medical equipment supplied to Rosebud Hospital through the support of Rye Op shop.
The new orthopantomogram (OPG) will be added to the hospital’s suite of medical imaging tools thanks to the op shop’s $225,000 donation.
“This machine is a huge boost for the community,” the hospital’s head radiologist Damien Barbour said.
“It means [patients will not need to take] more trips to Frankston Hospital or inconvenient drives to private providers on the peninsula; it will help considerably in speeding up treatment times in the emergency department.”
The OPG takes a panoramic view of the jawbone and teeth showing the positioning of the teeth. This helps diagnose dental conditions, as well as jaw fractures often first seen by staff at emergency departments.
Rye Op Shop’s generosity is legendary on the southern peninsula. Since being established in 1976 it has donated just shy of $4 million to more than 200 local organisations, including more than $1 million to Rosebud Hospital. In the past year alone this has included $100,000 to house a new telemedicine device (eyeConnect) in the Emergency Department, and now the OPG machine.
“We are thrilled to be able to raise such significant funds for our local hospital,” Rye Op Shop president David Wills said.
“Rosebud Hospital is a much-loved institution on the southern peninsula, and I can’t think of a more worthy recipient of these funds.
“Our dedicated Op Shop team give up their time every day to raise money for the community. To fund such an important project to improve the health of local people makes all our work truly worthwhile.”