Checking the feet of diabetes patients has become easier for Dubbo Base Hospital diabetes staff thanks to a donation by a local support group.
The Betty Orth Memorial Unit – Diabetes Services has a brand new handheld mini doppler purchased for their use by the Dubbo Support Group for the Australian Diabetes Council.
The doppler is used to check the pulse in patient’s feet and is valued at $950.
“This is a generous donation by the Dubbo support group and is greatly appreciated by staff and I’m sure, our patients,” saidMarisa Bolton, Nurse Manager Diabetes, Betty Orth Memorial Unit - Diabetes Services at Dubbo Base Hospital.
“Foot complications and vascular disease are common in people with diabetes,” said Ms Bolton. “Early detection of reduced circulation may help prevent ulcers and amputation related to diabetes and the mini doppler will help us assess that.”
Support Group President, John Lampard, said the mini doppler is portable and will help the Betty Orth Memorial Unit in its continual fight against diabetes.
“We work closely with the Unit to try to curb diabetes and with diabetes occurring in Dubbo above the national average per population (5.3% compared to 4.9%), it’s important we do all we can,” he said.
“That’s nearly half a per cent more and that’s not good. Diabetes is not a disease you can play around with.”
Mr Lampard said the Support Group through fundraising donated almost $5,000 last year to fight diabetes, including $1,000 for research and $2,800 to the Betty Orth Memorial Unit.
The group is holding its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, 21 February. It will be held at the Masonic Retirement Hall, Darby Close starting at 10am. Guest speaker is Dietitian Alicia Honeysett. A gold coin donation is asked to cover morning tea.
“Everyone is welcome and we need more people to help battle this disease,” said Mr Lampard.