Recent fundraising efforts by the auxiliaries of Byron Bay Hospital and Mullumbimby and District War Memorial Hospital has enabled the purchase of two ISTAT blood-testing machines, each worth $14,500.
The machines are now installed in the two hospitals' emergency departments.
In the case of Mullumbimby, additional funds were raised through the brave efforts of the Visiting Medical Officers who stripped off for a nude calendar that generated sales of $5000.
According to Jane Ackerman, the executive officer/director of nursing for both hospitals, emergency blood tests that previously would have been sent to Lismore can now be undertaken in the local emergency departments.
"The results of such tests contribute to a doctor's decision to transfer the patient to another facility or to admit locally," Ms Ackerman said.
"Prior to having access to the ISTAT machine such patients were transferred to Lismore or Tweed for assessment and either admitted there or transferred back to the site.
"Now patients can be given more definitive information regarding their condition, with transfer information to Lismore or Tweed containing current blood pathology results.
"The patient's relatives can be informed about whether a transfer is necessary, and what the destination will be."
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