An oxygen concentrator worth $1800 has been donated to the Orange Health Service after a local family raised money to support patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Robert Beasley lost his battle with COPD earlier this year, and his family wanted to make the donation to help other families whose loved ones are in need of the equipment.
The Orange Health Service has four oxygen concentrators in its loan pool, which are given to patients to use at home until a permanent machine is available.
“This piece of equipment can help patients get back home sooner than if they have to wait for a concentrator to become available through the state support program,” said the Acting General Manager of Orange Health Service, Susan Patterson.
COPD is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe and the symptoms including coughing, chest tightness and wheezing, get worse over time.
“Having another oxygen concentrator to make available to people diagnosed with this disease is really wonderful. This means more local patients can be back at home, rather than hospitalised for long periods unnecessarily.
“The Beasley family chose to ask for donations for this equipment, in lieu of flowers at Robert’s funeral, and this has resulted in helping numerous local families with a loved one suffering with COPD,” said Ms Patterson.
Rachel Buchanan 6369 3832 / 0428 261 899