Our beds see new life in Fiji

Midway through this year, we were met with a challenge: how to find a home for over 60 hospital beds that were being replaced with newer models.

After approaching a number of charities, the Network partnered with the Medical Re-purposing Network (MRN), a Rotary endorsed charity, to facilitate the donation and transfer of 60 beds to a paediatric hospital ward in Fiji in urgent need of beds.

The logistics to make this happen were no small feat. Over a period of three months, the beds were picked up as they became available and delivered to a storage facility in Sydney, before being packed into a shipping container destined for Fiji during an intensive hands-on packing party.

This all-day container packing party included Network Board member, Jeremy Wright, who got amongst it with the compacting and heavy lifting activities.

Generous support of companies, Hill Rom and Crown Relocations, who delivered the old beds to the storage facility free of charge, was key to pushing this project through to the final stage. Patrick's Sydney and Suva, Neptune Shipping, LINX Cargo Care Group and dozens of volunteers from Rotary Club of Sydney Cove all lent a hand to the project in one way or another.

And so it is with thanks to everyone mentioned above, we can happily report that the beds are now in their new home and in use at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, Fiji.

Re-using our resources is one of the waste reduction strategies adopted by the Network’s Sustainable Hospitals project. Regardless of how good a policy is, real change requires people to get behind it, so thanks must also go to Megan Shaw, Sally Newton and Stephen Winters from SCHN.

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