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PATIENTS needing continuous heart and blood pressure monitoring at Portland District Health (PDH) now have access to new equipment thanks to the efforts of the Freemasons Portland and Freemasons Victoria. As a result of fundraising activities, Portland Lodge of Victoria No.6 and the Freemasons Foundation were able to provide funds to PDH to purchase two new units that cost around $6,400. The new Holter Monitor units, which monitor electrical activity of the heart, can continuously record patient data without the patient being restricted to bed. They are battery-operated portable units that can be worn, tracking the patient’s heart rate over the period whilst engaged in every day activity. PDH Director of Nursing Ros Alexander said “the units are a great addition to PDH”. “These machines are costly but vitally important and the PDH appreciates the support offered by the Freemasons, that assists us in providing excellence in healthcare to our local community,” she said.
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Credit: Portland Observer