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DATE Thursday 21 May 2009


           Stroke unit donation
           Four television sets donated by the Southern Highlands Stroke
           Support Group Tadpoles were officially ‘switched on’ on Thursday 21
           May, providing entertainment and stimulation for stroke patients at
           Bowral and District Hospital.

           Tadpoles member Sonja Worthington said many of the groups members
           are acutely aware of the advantage these TVs can bring to recovery, having
           been in that situation themselves.

           “In the early days following a stroke, patients are often in the stroke unit for
           long periods of time, with little to occupy themselves due to the nature of
           their condition. TV is one way of providing much needed stimulation at this
           difficult time,” she said.

           After consultation with the hospital, 'Tadpoles' volunteers and members
           purchased four flat screen televisions and had the necessary cabling
           installed free of charge by a kind local business.

           The televisions were purchased with generous discounts from local
           suppliers and Airlines were approached to donate the necessary disposable
           earphones.

           The Lions Club of Bowral ran a sausage sizzle to raise funds and promote
           the project and Tadpoles members ran a trading table at the Hospital which
           enabled the purchase of one of the televisions.

           "This has been a heart warming community effort with the kind donation and
           installation of cabling by Skybeam, generous discounts from Bing Lee and
           money contributed through the good offices of community service groups:
           Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Inner Wheel and the Exeter Village Association,”
           Ms Worthington said.

           A plaque to acknowledge the project has also been especially made and
           donated by Lammond Signs.

           The official 'switching on' of the televisions took place on May 21 with
           members of Tadpoles, donors and supporters of the project present.

           Bowral and District Hospital Stroke Nurse Donna Pusell thanked the
           Tadpoles on behalf of stroke patients.

           “I know our patients will be very appreciative of the televisions, which will
           help to keep them in touch with the outside world while they are in hospital,”
           Donna said.

                         Media and Communications Unit
                          Ph: (02) 9515 9607/9828 6848
                          Fax: (02) 9515 9603/9828 5796
                         Email: media@sswahs.nsw.gov.au
“Stroke patients typically stay longer in hospital than most other patients,
with a minimum stay of around six weeks.

“Stroke can affect mobility so many of our patients are bed bound with not
much to keep them occupied.

“These televisions will give our patients some entertainment and enjoyment
while they are recovering,” she said.

Donna took the opportunity to warn people to be on the lookout for stroke
warning signs and act FAST if they recognised symptoms.

“If you or a loved one experiences facial weakness, arm weakness or
speech difficulties act FAST and call an ambulance right away,” she said.

Stroke is the second highest killer in Australia after heart disease and the
leading cause of disability among the elderly.

Each year almost 10,000 people in NSW will experience a stroke and up to
25 per cent will die.

“You can reduce your risk of stroke by keeping your blood pressure low,
quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet and staying active,” she said.

F - facial weakness
A - arm weakness
S - speech difficulty
T – time to act fast



PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

An afternoon tea will be held on Thursday 21 May 2009 at 2pm at
Bowral and District Hospital to thank members of Tadpoles, donors
and supporters of the project.

To attend please call Hayley Delicata 98287 6848.


Issued by Sydney South West Area Health Service Media and Communications
Unit. For further information contact Hayley Delicata on (02) 9828 6848




              Media and Communications Unit
               Ph: (02) 9515 9607/9828 6848
               Fax: (02) 9515 9603/9828 5796
              Email: media@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

				
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