The Whyalla Hospital will be able to purchase new medical equipment through a Hospital Research Foundation grant worth more than $40,000.
A stress test unit that is used on patients with chest pain to rule out heart disease and a continuous glucose monitoring system for patients with diabetes will be installed at the hospital.
Renal dialysis patients will benefit from a new pedal exercise machine to be located at the Whyalla renal dialysis unit.
On a wider scale, the grant will fund 20 videolaryngoscopes for country hospitals with on-site theatres, and three portable ultrasound machines for renal dialysis patients.
One of those machines will be located at Port Augusta while the location of the other two is being determined.
The location of five Virtual Clinical Care (VCC) home monitoring kits, 24 24-hour blood pressure monitoring kits which test for hypertension, and 15 holter monitors which measure ECGs over a 24-hour period is still being determined.
Country Health SA Executive Director of Medical Services Dr Hendrika Meyer said the funding was being used to purchase equipment in the areas of cardiovascular care, renal, birthing and diabetes.
“More country people will be able to be treated closer to home and, in some cases where clinically appropriate, patients will be able to use some of the equipment in the comfort of their own homes,” he said.
Hospital Research Foundation Chief Executive Officer Paul Flynn said the Foundation was pleased to support patient care initiatives in regional South Australia.
“This lifesaving equipment will give regional communities greater access to a range of health services in more convenient locations, reducing travel to Adelaide and eliminating unnecessary stress at a time of need,” he said.
“Facilitating in-home care is also important for regional patients and the Virtual Clinical Care Home Tele-Monitoring Services will monitor patients discharged from hospital or who require constant care.”