Running for a cause
IN THREE months last year Scott Lenton ran three marathons, all the while raising money for the Grafton Hospital Auxiliary.
Even though he spent a bit of time in Grafton Base Hospital in 2009 hooked up to a heart monitor, Scott says that it wasn't the main motivation for lacing up his runners and pounding 42.195 kilometres on three separate occasions.
"I know that all of the money given to the hospital auxiliary goes straight to where it is needed in the hospital rather than getting lost in the system with North Coast Area Health," Scott said.
In a few months, he raised over $6000 which led to the purchase of an Oxyflow machine.
However, Scott couldn't have done any of it without the local businesses and individuals who donated prizes for his different events. "The support from the public was amazing, and really made it a worthwhile thing to do," he said.
Acting nursing unit manager of the Emergency Department at Grafton Base Hospital, Leanne Jarvis, said the machine would be very useful for people with acute respiratory problems.
"The Oxyflow deliveries a high concentration humidified oxygen under high pressure via nasal tubes," she said.
"At present we use a full face mask and that can be claustrophobic for the patients.
"It will be really useful for us and the patients will benefit from the new machinery as it will eliminate the need for any invasive ventilation procedures."