Lions celebrate 100 years

2017-05-18 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedThe Lions room at South Coast Hospice, with equipment donated by Port Shepstone Lions.

PHOTO: SuppliedThe Lions room at South Coast Hospice, with equipment donated by Port Shepstone Lions.

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THIS year marks the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International and their services to communities around the globe.

To commemorate the centenary year, the Lions Club of Port Shepstone has allocated R100 000 to South Coast Hospice (SCH). This funding was raised through the club’s annual Lions-Illovo Sugar Golf Day and annual South Coast Lions’ Show.

Lions Denis Meyer said R30 000 of the funds have been used to buy a Hi Lo Flex Electric Function bed with specialised mattress that prevents the formation of pressure (bed) sores.

“This luxury bed has all the features of a hospital bed without the hospital look and boasts an adjustable back rest, adjustable knee section, side protection bars and overhead chain support,” said Meyer.

He said an ultrasound scanner valued at R52 000 was also purchased and donated.

“Bedside ultrasound scanning in a hospice setting is a relatively new initiative. Historically, Hospice has referred patients to a hospital for ultrasound scans. Now all patients with possible ascites can be scanned prior to drainage. Bedside ultrasounds are non-invasive and well tolerated, aiding diagnosis for patients with suspected ascites, lung blockages or bladder problems”

“The remainder of the funding will go towards the refurbishment of the Hospice Training Centre,” he said.

In recognition of the ongoing support provided by the Port Shepstone Lions Club, SCH have decided to name one of their in-patient wards, the Lions Room. Members of the Port Shepstone Lions recently visited the Lions Room to admire the newly acquired equipment and facilities.

CEO of SCH, Diane Van Dyk said the donation is a “state-of-the-art” medical bed, which is desperately needed in the inpatient unit, as it is electronic, adjustable and comfortable.

“We are very thrilled to have received this donation from The Lions Club Port Shepstone. The sonar is an added benefit to the quality of care given to the patients as there is often a delay in patients getting sonar results. Van Dyk said having the sonar on sight, will allow Dr Andre Nel SCH’s medical officer and Dr Hilton Horsely the medical director, early detection.

“We are so grateful to the Lions Club Port Shepstone for their ongoing support, which is always in the best interest of all our patients,” she said. - Supplied.

We are very thrilled to have received this donation from The
Lions Club Port
Shepstone. The sonar is an added benefit to the quality of care given to the patients as there is often a delay in patients getting sonar results.

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