PRAMS fund equipment at Gunnedah Hospital

PRAMS donated a Biliblanket to the Gunnedah Hospital maternity ward recently. PRAMS members are pictured with Gunnedah Health Service staff.

PRAMS donated a Biliblanket to the Gunnedah Hospital maternity ward recently. PRAMS members are pictured with Gunnedah Health Service staff.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation PRAMS have ticked another item off the hospital wishlist.

The group recently donated a Biliblanket to the maternity ward to deliver phototherapy to babies suffering from jaundice.

PRAMS were awarded $5000 from Monsanto after local cotton growers nominated the organisation for a Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grant and put the money towards the $8000 phototherapy system.

Nursing Unit Manager of general ward Therese Mills said the machine allows babies to remain with their mothers while receiving treatment for jaundice.

“It helps to combat jaundice by delivering phototherapy to the baby,” Ms Mills said.

“The baby is able to stay with their mum and still be breastfed, which is important in establishing that first contact.

“The Bili Blanket brings the babies back down to a level that is ok.”

PRAMS committee member Amber Donoghue said the group was pleased to cross another item off the list.

“PRAMS would like to thank Monsanto and the local cotton growers who nominated us for the grant,” Mrs Donoghue said.

“It was a substantial amount of money we were able to combine with other funds from fundraising events to purchase the Biliblanket.

“We hope the machine makes a real difference for babies and their parents, as well as the midwives and doctors in the maternity ward.”

PRAMS are currently looking at other fundraising events for the year ahead to fund more items the hospital needs.

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