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Expectant mothers at Tweed Hospital can now access the latest in ultrasound technology, thanks to a big donation by the local hospital Auxiliary.

The new GE-Voulson E6BT19 Ultrasound Machine was donated to the hospital at a cost of $74,730.

Auxiliary members Pat Hall and Marie Gaardsted, Obstetrician Dr Steve Abbey, Auxiliary Secretary Annette Alexander, Dr Bianca Bryce and Auxiliary member Jenny Pearce.

The state-of-the-art machine offers both 3D and 4D technology, gives better picture detail during ultrasound, and can perform umbilical artery Doppler studies for babies who are small for their gestation age.

‘With the addition of maternal fetal medicine clinical support, this now means that we can provide extra antenatal support locally, reducing the need for referrals to hospitals in the Gold Coast and Brisbane,’ said Dr Steve Abbey, Clinical Director, Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the Tweed Byron Network.

‘We are humbled by the generosity of the Auxiliary toward our department,’ Dr Abbey said.

‘They have been providing support for women in many ways and over many years. This is another example of their dedication to the community and the hospital, for which we are most grateful.’

Members of the Auxiliary attended the hospital this week to witness the new machine
in action.

‘We really want to thank the community for their support in helping us buy this equipment,’ Annette Alexander, Auxiliary Secretary, said.

‘We couldn’t do what we do without them.’

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