CHRISTMAS came early to the Toowoomba Hospital's critical care ward this week with the delivery of a $113,500 ultrasound purchased with the proceeds from Toowoomba's Christmas Wonderland.
Director of ICU Dr Adam Visser explained how the ultrasound uses breakthrough technology to provide outstanding image quality during a critical time of patient care.
"The new machine is very portable and easy to manoeuvre with battery back-up so we can quickly move it to any bedside for patient care, when every minute counts," Dr Visser said.
"With this machine, time to diagnose and commence treatment will be reduced, the incidence of complications and length of stay may be reduced, and we are now able to perform more care locally within the ward."
Previously the critical care ward had to share an ultrasound machine with the Emergency Department which was inconvenient during peak times.
Toowoomba Hospital Foundation CEO Alison Kennedy thanked the Christmas Wonderland team for all their hard work to run the event each year.
"We greatly appreciate the ongoing support from the Lions Club Toowoomba West in helping our community and are so very proud to have facilitated the purchase of this item to help staff quickly asses and treat critically ill patients in our Toowoomba Hospital," Ms Kennedy said.
Toowoomba's Christmas Wonderland Project chair Marshall Cox said that hearing about how this new high-tech machine is going to help save lives made all the hard work worthwhile.
"It's gratifying and humbling to know that our event has led to the purchase of such an important piece of equipment," Mr Cox said.
"A simple gold coin donation at the event soon becomes a generous donation that, as we saw today, can truly make a tangible difference."
Toowoomba's Christmas Wonderland has been running for 14 years and in that time has donated a total of $754,500 towards local charities and community groups.