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Clarence Valley Orchestra director Greg Butcher gets checked out in a familar orchestral pose by Intensive care paramedic Peter Clement. The orcehstra donated money for the new monitor for the Grafton ambulance.
Clarence Valley Orchestra director Greg Butcher gets checked out in a familar orchestral pose by Intensive care paramedic Peter Clement. The orcehstra donated money for the new monitor for the Grafton ambulance. Adam Hourigan

THE beeping of a heart rate monitor might not sound as nice as his orchestra, but to Greg Butcher it's music to his ears.

The Clarence Valley Orchestra conducter recently made a donation of a new monitoring device to the NSW Ambulance Grafton station, purchased with funds raised from the Afternoon at The Proms concert held during this year's Jacaranda Festival.

The monitoring system tracks patient's vital signs during transport, and NSW Ambulance Grafton paramedic Peter Clement said it was an essential piece of equipment.

"The machines takes blood pressures, pulses and measures oxygen saturations, and it can do that continusouly, while we are moving on the road,” he said.

"Usually to get those measurements we have to stop the ambulance and take them, and that can cause precious time to be lost, so to be able to monitor patients without stopping the vehicle and getting continusou blood pressure and oxygen measurements is a great benefit.

"What we've found with this unit over the past couple of years is that it's been invaluable in looking after patients.”

Mr Butcher said he was delighted in the response from the local audiences and their attenance at the orchestra's performances, which is now in its second year.

"It's a fantastic thing to get the community to come and support our concerts, and then they're actually getting something back for them, so it's a good feeling that we can actually do that,” he said.

"I try to keep the concerts variety friendly so we do get the people coming back. I'm sure we have some orchestra groupies out there who can't get enough, as we manage to fill the Saraton Theatre every time we have a concert.”

Since its inception in 2014, the Clarence Valley Orchestra has played five major concerts and raised more than $30,000 for local charities.

More money was raised by a Rotary Midday Grafton raffle during in year's Proms concert and wen to Social Futures Connecting Home Grafton last week.


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