Photo: Director of Gosford Emergency Department, Dr Robbie McMahon, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Trauma, Peter Mackay, NSW Fire & Rescue, Central Coast Duty Commander Inspector Jarrod King.
Gosford and Wyong hospital emergency departments have received a donation of $25,000 to purchase equipment to treat burns and trauma patients, raised by local emergency service workers who participated in the 000 (Triple Zero) Cup.
The 000 Cup is an annual event, where CCLHD emergency, intensive care and cardiac care staff compete against Fire & Rescue fire-fighters, paramedics and police in a touch football competition to raise money for the CCLHD burns equipment fund.
NSW Fire & Rescue, Central Coast Duty Commander Inspector Jarrod King visited Gosford Hospital recently to present the donation to Director of Gosford Emergency Department, Dr Robbie McMahon.
“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who participated in the 000 Cup for their generosity. Our emergency services workers serve our community every day and we thank them for giving up their time to raise money to support our patients,” Dr McMahon said.
“Over the past twenty years they have raised more than $255,000 for our burns equipment fund. One of the most recent purchases from the fund was an AMBU monitor and scopes which allows our clinicians to check a patient’s airway to assess the level of damage and determine the best treatment to be provided.”
Inspector King said the 000 Cup was held at the end of last year, for the first time since 2019, after it was put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, Fire & Rescue NSW and Rural Fire Service employees and stations continued to make generous donations to raise money for the Central Coast Burns Equipment Fund.
“Our emergency service workers really look forward to taking part in the 000 Cup. It isn’t just a fundraiser but an event that brings our local emergency services workers together for some fun and friendly rivalry,” Inspector King said.
“It has been wonderful visiting Gosford Hospital to talk to staff about how equipment purchased from the fund is benefiting burns and trauma patients and making it easier for hospital staff to provide them with the best possible treatment. We know they will put this year’s donation to good use to help care for local patients.”