Rotary donation shines light in Neonatal Unit

Five people standing in a group with the young woman in the middle holding a newborn baby
Paediatrics Consultant Dr Murali Narayanan, Clinical Midwifery Specialist Elaine Kottler, mum Emily Elliot with son Noah, Rotary member Beth Phillips and Community Services Director Darrel Donavan
June 2, 2017

A $7000 donation to the Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) Neonatal Unit from the Rotary Club of Rockingham will be used to purchase a light therapy machine to better treat babies born with jaundice.

The equipment produces phototherapy light through a blanket, allowing the baby to lie in their own cot or be held by their mother during treatment.

The equipment will benefit new mothers and babies like Emily Elliot and son Noah, who recently underwent light therapy in the RGH Neonatal Unit.

Clinical Midwifery Specialist Elaine Kottler said the new equipment will provide faster and more effective light therapy to an average of three babies per week.

“The machine allows the mother to feed their baby while they are still receiving treatment – reducing interruptions to treatment and letting mums bond with their newborn,” Elaine said.

Rotary Club of Rockingham Community Services Director Darrel Donavan and Rotary member Beth Phillips visited the RGH Neonatal Unit to present Elaine Kottler and Paediatrics Consultant Dr Murali Narayanan with the cheque.

Mr Donavan said the funds are raised from the ‘Rotary Mart’ markets every Sunday on Kent Street.

“We are very proud to be using the funds to help our local hospital and want to show people that their support of the markets is helping our community,” Mr Donavan said.

Around 10 per cent of the 1800 babies born per year at RGH will require treatment in the Neonatal Unit.

“We are delighted to receive this donation from the Rockingham Rotary, which will go towards improving the care delivered to mothers and babies at the hospital,” Elaine said.