Tim Newell and Janelle Wade with a new microwave donated to the Murwillumbah Hospital's birthing unit.
Tim Newell and Janelle Wade with a new microwave donated to the Murwillumbah Hospital's birthing unit.

Warm gift to hospital

RETRAVISION Murwillumbah co-owners Tim and Leanne Newell's experiences at the Murwillumbah District Hospital inspired them to donate a microwave.

“My wife had our second child right here, so we don't mind supporting the hospital,” Mr Newell said. “We had our first child at the Gold Coast Hospital, which was primitive compared to Murwillumbah.”

Janelle Wade from the hospital's Women's Care Unit said they are overwhelmed by the generosity.

“I went down to purchase one (a microwave) and they were really lovely and said you can just have it,” Ms Wade said.

The microwave oven will be used in the birthing suite on a daily basis to warm heat packs.

“We had an old water hydro- collator before, which was a health hazard,” Ms Wade said.

The hospital staff also thanked the “Calendar Girls”, Ian Ross and the committee, as well as the whole community for their support.

Despite the hospital's maternity facilities being cut, North Coast Area Health Service ensured people comprehensive antenatal services are still available, with a midwife/GP shared care clinic operating three days a week and a specialist obstetrician clinic operating one day a week for high-risk patients.

“There has been no change to the service delivery of normal-risk births performed in the birthing suites at MDH. The hospital con- tinues to offer elective caesarean deliveries,” a spokesperson said yesterday.

“MDH recently gained accreditation as a Baby Friendly Hospital and have four lactation consultants on staff. Women who deliver at The Tweed Hospital may trans- fer back to Murwillumbah for ongoing postnatal care.”



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