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    NEW EQUIPMENT: Grampians Health obstetrician Dr Yakep Angue shows Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation director Sue Frankham the new ultrasound machine.

Hospital auxiliary foundation delivers maternity care

Pregnant people in the Wimmera will now have access to a ‘quick and easy’ assessment of their developing infant without needing to visit a hospital.

Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation donated an ultrasound machine so babies could be assessed off-campus at Grampians Health Maternity Outpatient Clinic in Horsham.

Foundation director Sue Frankham said the foundation purchased the $76,600 machine for the clinic at McLachlan Street after it learned it was operating without one.

“Expectant mums were previously having to make an appointment at the hospital for the ultrasound, and then another at the clinic, but now it can all be done at the one location,” she said.

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Grampians Health obstetrics and gynaecology registrar at Horsham, Dr Nancy Hamura said she was thankful for the foundation’s donation.

“There are times when our patients come in for an assessment and we are unable to determine the position of the baby,” she said.

“Previously, we would have sent the patient to the hospital for a scan, but now we are able to do it instantly without leaving the consultation room.

“It’s also more reassuring for the mum to be able to identify the foetal heart rate here at the clinic, rather than a trip to the hospital. We can capture those moments after 20 weeks.”

Grampians Health chief operating officer Ben Kelly said the opening of the Maternity Outpatients Clinic in Horsham was an important step in increasing services in the Wimmera.

“The foundation providing such a valuable asset has only strengthened that service,” he said.

“We are very fortunate to have that level of commitment from the Horsham community.”

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