You can help our doctors, nurses and allied health staff at this very challenging time.
A message to our community from Jason Smith, Eastern Health Foundation Director
I am touched by the kind messages of support we have received from many of you in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
These challenging times are a reminder that we are all in this together, as we embrace our collective humanity and responsibility to each other.
I want to assure you that Eastern Health is working hard to manage increasing demand on our hospitals, including our emergency departments and intensive care wards.
As always, our doctors, nurses and allied health staff will work around the clock to keep you, your family and friends safe and healthy. Their selflessness and courage will be on full display.
With the situation changing day by day, we have decided to immediately establish the Eastern Health Agility Response Fund.
With your help, our doctors and nurses can access resources at short notice to rapidly respond to new challenges.
This could involve new equipment, expanding tele-health and other virtual methods of healthcare and innovative use of hospital space.
Every dollar you give will directly support our frontline doctors and nurses - there are no administration fees.
How your donation will help
Doctors, nurses and allied health staff from our Emergency Departments and Intensive Care Units at Box Hill, Maroondah and Angliss Hospitals have told us they will need:
$123,304 for eight additional glidescopes to help doctors insert breathing tubes for patients who require ventilation
$87,920 for an additional 16 vital signs machines to provide 24/7 monitoring of heart rate and breathing
*List updated 31 March 2020. With the situation rapidly evolving, this list will change on an ongoing basis. Please check back here to keep up to date.
Like a pat on the back, like a helping hand, your donation will show our doctors and nurses the support they need to carry on in the face of this challenge. Thank you!
Best wishes to you and your loved ones.
Jason Smith Director Eastern Health Foundation
PS Your health is important to us. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may have coronavirus, please call the Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. For up-to-date information, please visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus