Thank you to Muriel and Les Batten Foundation

In February we welcomed Bruce and Colleen Batten, representatives of the Muriel and Les Batten Foundation to thank them for the $25,000 grant to purchase a state-of-the-art Panda Warmer for our Maternity and Birthing Unit.

A Panda Warmer provides a radiant heating source to keep the newly delivered baby warm and safe, allowing us to continue providing the best care for our littlest patients.

Bruce and Colleen met with Pamela Doherty, Birthing Suite Acting Nurse Unit Manager, and representatives from Northern Health Foundation to see the Panda Warmer on the ward and receive a demonstration from Pamela to highlight the features and benefits of the new equipment.

Bruce, a trustee and nephew of the Late Muriel and Les, placed the donor plaque on the Panda Warmer acknowledging the generosity and support they have shown Northern Health.

The Batten family, once owners of a large amount of land in Epping, has funded several projects over the past 25 years. Having lived on High Street, Epping for more than 50 years, they decided to set up the Muriel and Les Batten Foundation with the aim of helping and supporting young children and their families in the community.

We all know the best place for a newborn is in the loving arms of mum or dad, however, there are times when they need a little extra care and attention. When signs appear during labour, a precious newborn may need a little help.

“This equipment is really the first line of resuscitation, having this new Panda Warmer on the floor is going to make such a difference,” said Acting Nursing Unit Manager, Pamela Doherty.

The generous support of the Muriel and Les Batten Foundation plays a fundamental role in ensuring the vibrant health of northern community for generations to come.