Unveiling the new portable Cardiac Ultrasound Machine

On Wednesday, 16th September, we visited the Royal Women’s Hospital with representatives from the 2015 Lilyroo Ride to unveil the NISC unit’s new portable cardiac ultrasound machine. The ultrasound machine, costing $89,000, was purchased using funds raised from the Lilyroo Ride and other fundraising events.

We were very privileged to receive a tour of the NISC unit, from A/Prof Carl Kuschel and Chair of the Women’s Foundation, Sue Zablud. For some of our guests it was their first time in the NISC unit and a terrific opportunity to see first hand the difference all their incredible fundraising efforts will make.

A/Prof Carl Kuschel and Sue Zablud, Chair of the Women's Foundation, giving us a tour of the NISC unit.

A/Prof Carl Kuschel and Sue Zablud, Chair of the Women’s Foundation, giving us a tour of the NISC unit.
Photo: Jayne Poynter, Royal Women’s Hospital

A/Prof Carl Kuschel explaining how the NISC unit runs and the different levels of care it provides to premature and sick newborns.

A/Prof Carl Kuschel explaining how the NISC unit runs and the different levels of care it provides to premature and sick newborns.
Photo: Jayne Poynter, Royal Women’s Hospital

The tour of the NISC unit ended with the unveiling and demonstration of the new portable cardiac ultrasound machine, which has been in use for over a month and is already making a huge difference on the NISC ward.

Representatives from the 2015 Lilyroo Ride unveiling the portable cardiac ultrasound machine with A/Prof Carl Kuschel, Director Neonatal Services, and Sue Zablud, Chair of the Women's Foundation.

Representatives from the 2015 Lilyroo Ride unveiling the portable cardiac ultrasound machine with A/Prof Carl Kuschel, Director Neonatal Services (centre right), and Sue Zablud, Chair of the Women’s Foundation (second from right).
Photo: Jayne Poynter, Royal Women’s Hospital

After the tour of the NISC we were greeted by members of the Royal Women’s Hospital executive team including CEO Dr Sue Matthews, Board Chair Lyn Swinburne OAM and Chief Medical Officer Mark Garwood, who took the time to express their gratitude to everyone that has supported the Lilyroo Fund and made the purchase of the ultrasound machine possible.

Members of the Women's executive team, L-R: Sue Zablud, Chair of the Women's Foundation; Dr Mark Garwood, Chief Medical Officer; Dr Sue Matthews, CEO.

Members of the Women’s executive team, L-R: Sue Zablud, Chair of the Women’s Foundation; Dr Mark Garwood, Chief Medical Officer; Dr Sue Matthews, CEO.
Photo: Jayne Poynter, Royal Women’s Hospital

Co-founder, Kristie Lockyer commented “The NISC unit holds a very special place in our hearts, and it is fantastic to see Lily’s legacy live on through this ultrasound machine and the other equipment we have purchased. Thank you to all our sponsors and the many generous people who have made it possible.”

Pete Lockyer, co-founder of the Lilyroo Fund added “It speaks volumes for the type of organisation the Women’s is that so many of the executive team took the time to come and meet us. We look forward to supporting the Women’s and the NISC unit for many years to come.”

Representatives of the 2015 Lilyroo Ride met members of the Women's Executive team.

Representatives of the 2015 Lilyroo Ride met members of the Women’s Executive team.
Photo: Jayne Poynter, Royal Women’s Hospital

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Lilyroo Fund and helped us achieve this important milestone.

For more information please contact the Lilyroo Fund.