Grace Fund helps acquire Friendlies wound care machine

VAC Therapy System wound care machine
Wayne Bauer from St John's Grace Fund with Friendlies nurse unit manager Donna Stallan and Tunja Cottier from The Friendlies Foundation.

The Friendlies will be able to offer improved recovery time and comfort to patients with wounds, thanks to the purchase of a VAC Therapy System wound care machine, made possible with a grant from the St John’s Grace Fund.

Due to increasing number of surgical patients at The Friendlies, the VAC Therapy System is a welcome addition to the current equipment available for this kind of wound care.

It heals by providing an optimal environment for healing and the removal of fluid to enhance the healing process, improving recovery time, independence and patient comfort.

Nurse unit manager Donna Stallan said the machine was useful for both surgical wounds, also other patient wounds such as ulcers, injuries, burns and skin grafts.

“In addition to being a good option for a lot of patients, it also is a benefit to nursing staff as it reduces the amount of time spent redressing wounds,” Mrs Stallan said.

The Friendlies Foundation public relations officer Tunja Cotter thanked the St John’s Grace Fund for its grant of almost $15,000.

“This machine will primarily be used on our Unit 3 surgical ward, but will be utilised across all our patient units as the need arises,” she said.

“As a not-for-profit hospital, receiving grants like this one means we offer more patients access to these kinds of treatments.”