Give so it may grow

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla Health has launched its Annual Appeal which aims to raise funds for the refurbishment of its theatre and to purchase more important equipment.

Benalla Health board chair Louise Armstrong said appeal donation forms would be arriving in Benalla and district letterboxes this week — and she encouraged people to give generously.

“Theatre staff treat more than 2200 cases each year, with 1400 cases involving eye surgery,” Mrs Armstrong said.

“We are extremely proud that Benalla Health is a leading provider of eye surgery in regional Victoria and many people travel to Benalla for the excellent service we provide.

“The theatre suite also provides scopes, caesareans and other essential surgery to our community and most people would know someone who has benefited from the excellent quality of care we provide.

“To continue this essential service, we hope our community will continue to support our appeal to ensure that our theatre is there for all in their time of need.”

Previous appeals have provided significant contributions towards the purchase of equipment such as patient monitoring systems, defibrillators, a community bus, upgrade and refurbishment of the Urgent Care Centre, refurbishment of the Morrie Evans Wing, a new birthing bed for the Midwifery Unit and an instrument washer for theatre.

Last year donations allowed Benalla Health to open its new Community Rehabilitation Centre, which provides cardiac, pulmonary and orthopaedic rehabilitation, as well as balance, strength and endurance services to the community.

Any donation of more than $2 is tax-deductible.