Sometimes families, companies and the general public ask how they can support us. Here is a wide range of things that we are currently in need of. If there is anything that you are in a position to donate, purchase, or to fundraise towards, we would love to hear from you.
These will be given to families in need, or sold by the Vollies to raise funds for the hospital.
A pulse oximeter is a special device that can measure a patient's oxygen saturation in a non-invasive and pain-free way. This allows us to see how much oxygen is travelling around the body. Some of our patients have heart conditions that require several stages of cardiac care and surgeries. These oximeters are vital for us to be able to monitor the child's oxygen levels while they're at home between surgeries. This is one of many measures that helps us to plan when the child might require their next surgery.
An ECG machine measures the heart's rhythm and can pick up on heart murmurs and other, more serious, arrhythmias. We are replacing our old system with a brand new, digital ECG system which will allow quick and easy analysis from anywhere in the world.
This funding will allow us to undertake complex laboratory analysis of the biological samples provided by mothers and their babies to help us understand the physical, as well as the emotional, changes that occur during times of high stress and trauma. It is part of our world-first CHERISH study, looking at how a diagnosis of childhood heart disease affects development in children and their families.
To date there is still no known cause for the majority of congenital heart diseases. Our DNA Bank, established in 2003, allows us to work with research groups in Australia and around the world to analyse DNA from large numbers of patients. Our aim is to establish links between changes in genes and heart disease, to identify the causes of congenital heart disease, improve our understanding of this condition and to develop better treatments. It costs around $150,000 per year to keep our DNA Bank going and we rely solely on grants and donations to do so.
If you are interested in finding about more about this or other items that we need, or you would like to help us to diagnose and treat the thousands of kids we see each year even better, please phone the Heart Centre on (02) 9845 3043 or write in via the contact page.
Wishlist last updated 10 May 2017