Kurri Hospital receives much-needed pediatric equipment from the LJ Hooker Foundation.

CAN-DO: Representatives form LJ Hooker Cessnock, Mullbring Public School,  and More Clean Air with helpers Matilda and Bronte Gibson.

CAN-DO: Representatives form LJ Hooker Cessnock, Mullbring Public School, and More Clean Air with helpers Matilda and Bronte Gibson.

The LJ Hooker Foundation has made a tangible difference to Kurri Hospital’s emergency department in the form of a potentially life saving piece of equipment.

The foundation, in conjunction with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, Mulbring Public School, East Cessnock Bowling Club, Ink Cafe and More Clean Air presented the hospital with a Rad-5 Pulse Oximeter, valued at $1760 on Thursday.

The purchase was made possible by returning used cans to the Return and Earn recycling depository.

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the LJ Hooker Foundation will be making a difference to Kurri Kurri Hospital with the donation of a RAD-5 Pulse Oximeter valued at $1,760 to the Emergency Department.

The RAD-5 Pulse Oximeter is a welcome addition to the emergency department’s tool kit, as it allows nurses to record arterial oxygen levels accurately and efficiently in pediatric patients while quickly tracking any changes.

“Through the LJ Hooker Foundation, we’ve been able to work with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation to identify and source medical equipment needed locally,” LJ Hooker Cessnock principal Bryce Gibson said.

“It means the money contributed by local businesses and community members is directly benefiting local children in need.

“The donation of the RAD-5 Pulse Oximeter to Kurri Kurri Hospital is a great example of this.”

The donation came after the LJ Hooker Foundation, in October last year, donated a drill to Cessnock Hospital that is used to gain vascular access in critically ill children and babies and administer drugs and fluids straight into the bone marrow during an emergency.

Kurri Kurri Hospital’s acting nurse unit manager Julie Bailey said the new addition was a huge boost to the emergency department as it helps to diagnose and track a baby’s health quickly and efficiently.

“We have probably over 800 pediatric presentations a year through Kurri so this is an essential piece of equipment that can diagnose quickly and expedite the journey through the health care system,” she said.