Nurses raise funds for very worthy cause

Top nurse: Kelly Mitrovich and Pam Bold, nurses at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, with Paul Heath will hold a trivia night to raise money for the Hunter Baillie Ward. Picture: Gene RamirezTwo nurses at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead have gone above and beyond their daily nursing duties.

Kelly Mitrovich and Pam Bold, both from The Ponds, have teamed up to hold a trivia night on Friday, November 1, at Parramatta Leagues Club to raise much needed funds to buy an infant humidifier — a new machine proven to decrease the length of stay in bronchiolitis patients as well as decrease the number of admissions to Paediatric Intensive Care Unit— for the Hunter Baillie Ward.

Ms Bold said infant humidifiers could improved patient care and shorten the average stay for their very sick and young patients.

“A lot of our patients are getting better quicker and they are going home quicker,” Ms Bold said.

“It means that mums can cuddle the babies while they are having this treatment, control feeding and they are comfortable.”

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has six of these machines, valued at over $5000 each, on rotation throughout the hospital.

In June, 463 children were admitted as patients into the 28-bed Hunter Baillie Ward.

In the warmer months the ward also admits up to 300 sick children a month. Ms Bold said with additional infant humidifiers, they could help more patients.

Peter Sterling will be a guest at the trivia night and there will be auctions, raffles and many prizes to be won.

Tickets cost $60 per person and this includes a buffet dinner.

■ Details: Kelly Mitrovich, 0402 061 092 or [email protected]

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