Bentley Hospital auxiliary donate ice dispenser

Photograph of staff with ice dispenser
May 31, 2018

At Bentley Hospital our volunteers contribute in a variety of ways across many different areas, including providing comfort and support for patients, visitors and staff, and also raising money to donate equipment back to the hospital.

The auxiliary has generously donated an ice dispenser to Ward 5 to assist stroke patients with their rehabilitation.

A former patient of ward 5, Mr Donald Webb and his family wrote a letter to appeal for funding for an ice chip machine after being informed that Bentley Hospital unfortunately did not have the equipment that he had used at Fiona Stanley for his therapy.

“Dysphagia (difficulty with swallowing) is a common consequence of acute stroke, and approximately one third to half of all stroke patients experience this. When dysphagia is severe, Speech Pathologists can use ice chip therapy to rehabilitate a patient’s swallow over time,” said Senior Speech Pathologist Amy Allardice MacKinnon.

“The auxiliary recognised this need for the Bentley Stroke Unit and due to their generous donation, we are now able to cater for inpatients requiring ice chip therapy as part of their dysphagia rehabilitation.”

Mr Webb has made a full recovery, and visited Bentley Hospital last week with his wife Pam and children to express his appreciation to the team who cared for him and to the auxiliary who donated this important therapy tool which will benefit patients for many years to come.