Otago Community Hospice can purchase a new bladder scanner for its Inpatient Unit this year thanks to a $10,000 donation from an innovative programme funded by the Harcourts Foundation and a further $5495 directly from Otago’s Highland Real Estate Group.
Established in 2017, the Hospice NZ Grants Programme, funded by the Harcourts Foundation, has seen more than $114,000 donated to hospices across the country to date. The goal of the programme is to provide hospices with an opportunity to apply for grants to fund key items that directly benefit people using their services.
Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green says the bladder scanner is a really important clinical device.
“This total Harcourts grant from both the Foundation and our local Highland group is so generous. It means that our staff, when dealing with out most vulnerable patients, can reduce the need for further invasive procedures if not required and also quickly and accurately determine the most appropriate clinical action. Of our 689 patients cared for each year, around 200 will come to the Inpatient Unit for highly specialised care. It is this high need group which will be positively impacted by the bladder scanner.”
Richard Stringer, Director of Highland Real Estate Group Ltd and the Harcourts Dunedin team, was thrilled to be on hand to present the grants to Otago Community Hospice, on behalf of the entire Highland Real Estate Group across the Otago region.
“We are all happy to contribute to this excellent service. We are all touched by what Hospice does and we are glad that these combined grants from Harcourts covers the entire amount for the scanner, and really bringing a positive impact to Hospice patients.”
Richard Stringer Director of Highland Real Estate Group Ltd presenting the donation towards the purchase of a new bladder scanner to Otago Community Hospice