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Gifts from the Heart
27 June 2017

The Inner Wheel Club of Singapore sponsors syringe drivers, devices that are instrumental in HCA’s work.

It is said the best gifts are those given with much thought and consideration for the needs of the recipient.

The members of Inner Wheel Club of Singapore, part of an international women’s service voluntary organisation, were motivated to bestow HCA with a meaningful gift, in conjunction with the group’s 70th anniversary.

SYRINGE DRIVERS SPONSORED BY THE INNER WHEEL CLUB OF SINGAPORE.

Beyond mere cash donations, the group wanted to contribute something that would benefit patients directly and immediately.

From the list of equipment needed by HCA, the group decided to sponsor syringe drivers. “We wanted to provide support by buying medical equipment needed by HCA,” says Rati Asrani, president of the Inner Wheel Club of Singapore. “We hope that these syringe drivers will benefit the patients.”

Tools of the trade

THE INNER WHEEL CLUB OF SINGAPORE WITH CEO MS ANGELINE WEE.

The group presented Ms Angeline Wee, CEO of HCA Hospice Care, with five syringe drivers on 26 April.

These devices are instrumental for HCA’s medical team, greatly alleviating the burden of administering medicine for patients’ caregivers, especially when patients are no longer able to take medicine orally. “These syringe drivers will be used mainly for home hospice patients,” Angela, HCA’s Director of Nursing, explains.

“The drivers can be calibrated to deliver a predetermined amount of medicine at stipulated intervals, which helps to take the guesswork out of administering medicine.”

Priced at over $3,000 per syringe driver, the sponsorship by Inner Wheel Club is welcome news for HCA, which relies on donations and government funding for its work in providing comfort and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses.

Continual support

The Inner Wheel Club of Singapore has been volunteering with HCA for the past two years. The group’s support spans across numerous areas, including administrative work such as preparing mailers and guiding the patients at HCA’s Day Care Centre through light exercises.

THE INNER WHEEL CLUB OF SINGAPORE ARE FAMILIAR FACES AT HCA’S DAY CARE CENTRE.

“The group of ladies often do exercises with the day care patients,” says Nancy Soon, HCA’s Day Care Supervisor. “They provide lunch for our patients once every two months as well.”

Volunteers and sponsors form an integral part of HCA’s work, and it is these generous gifts of time, resources and expertise that enable HCA to go further.