Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Countdown helps bring new medical equipment to Christchurch

Countdown helps bring a new modern piece of medical equipment to Christchurch Hospital
A new respiratory body box at Christchurch Hospital will help Canterbury children with their breathing tests.

The paediatric body plethysmograph, the first in the South Island, and the only one in New Zealand using the latest ultrasonic technology, measures a child’s lung performance. It was purchased with a $123,000 donation from Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal and will be unveiled this Thursday at the hospital with 12-year-old Tylah-Ray Davidson, who lives with cystic fibrosis, demonstrating how a lung function test is performed.

The box allows for a fully integrated procedure that tests airway resistance and lung volumes, and will assist in the care of children who have any form or respiratory issue.
The machine can measure the size of a child’s lung, how well the lung can take in oxygen and measure their resistance to airflow. It will also allow medical staff to measure the effect of medication given to help breathing, says Respiratory Laboratory Scientific Director, Dr Maureen Swanney.

“With three trained paediatric respiratory physiologists and this new equipment we are establishing a centre of excellence in the respiratory laboratory which will benefit many children and their families.
“The body box will also allow us to set up paediatric clinics to ensure more children have better access to the appropriate testing and assessment of their respiratory function.”
In addition to the body box, the purchase of an Airwave Oscillometry System (AOS) allows for testing on children as young as three with minimal patient cooperation needed. Previously lung function could only be tested via spirometry, where children have to blow into a tube as hard as they can.

The Countdown Kids Appeal has helped raised more than $10.4 million over the last 10 years and their incredible efforts have helped numerous young patients and their families from Christchurch and around the country.
Appeal Chairperson, Ruth Krippner, says she is thrilled to see the benefits for Christchurch families as a result of the new plethysmograph.

“At Countdown we’re proud to help make a positive difference in the communities we’re part of, and are delighted to see this important piece of equipment being purchased thanks to our appeal and the fundraising efforts of our team, particularly here in Christchurch. It’s our hope that it will make life a little easier for patients like Tylah-Ray and her parents,” says Ms Krippner.

From 7 August - 29 October, Countdown stores are working alongside children's hospitals wards to fundraise around the country. From quiz nights, car rallies, cake stalls and raffle tickets , thousands of Countdown and hospital ward staff will be rallying their communities to support the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal.

To donate, simply:

* Visit your local Countdown supermarket and donate at the checkout;

* Purchase a Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal wristband or raffle ticket in-store.

* Donate via online shopping

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>

 

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Mental Health Foundation: 'Positive First Steps'

“The heavy reliance on pilots and targeted approaches in the package announced today makes it plain that additional funding will be needed so that activities that work can be made available throughout New Zealand,” says Mr Robinson. More>>

ALSO:

'Gift' To NZ: Synod Considers Third Christchurch Cathedral Option

Members of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch will consider three, not two, options regarding the future of the ChristChurch Cathedral... The new option is for the Synod to gift the Cathedral building to the Government for the people of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Presser: Labour's Water Policy 'Reckless', Says English

The Labour Party has "bumbled into" its policy to charge for water in a "reckless" way that would put a Labour-led government on a collision course with both Maori and other water users, Prime Minister Bill English said at his weekly post-Cabinet press conference.. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election