New Equipment for the Wildlife Hospital

20 Feb 2009 12:25 PMJann Stuckey

20 February 2009

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP is pleased to announce Worldtourism’s $25000 donation of new equipment to the Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital today.

The total list of equipment donated includes an X-Ray machine, general anaesthetic unit, microscope and orthopaedics’ equipment.

“There has been a 40% increase in admissions of wildlife cases into the Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital during the past 12 months and the current hospital is not coping with this influx,” said Ms Stuckey.

“This shows the extent of crisis and the need for updated equipment as a minimum requirement for the hospital.
 
The hospital’s chief veterinary Michael Pyne has said the very generous donation from World Tourism will make a real difference to the level of care the hospital can offer wildlife. 

“The Wildlife Hospital is fortunate to have an incredibly dedicated and skilful group of vets, nurses and volunteers, however without the correct facilities and equipment there is a limit to the level of care that we can provide,” said Mr Pyne.

“For example the current X-Ray machine is producing blurred X-Rays and as we take 10 or more a day the new machine will make an incredible difference to the quality of care.”

“Like any other tourism business battling the economic crisis, money does not flow freely.  Whilst tourism is the Sanctuary’s core business, it also has strong conservation, education and research credentials,” said Ms Stuckey.

“People here understand the enormity of Alex Griffith’s gift of his beloved Sanctuary to the people of Queensland, and it is the desire of Alex’s philosophic gesture to protect the sanctuary as it unites the Currumbin community.”

Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital is still seeking further funding to help complete the internal fit out of the hospital including hospital cages, benches, examination tables and shelving.

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Contact Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919