Dr. Christine Hall

Vic General ER receives a vital helping hand

Victoria Royals team up with Hospitals Foundation to fundraise for much-needed equipment

Last year Victoria General Hospital’s emergency department cared for more than 51,000 people, including 11,500 children under 17. It’s also the adult and pediatric trauma centre for the Island.

To continue the excellent work they do every day, the ward needs new vital signs monitors, so the Victoria Hospitals Foundation has teamed up with the Victoria Royals to help make that happen.

The three monitors needed cost approximately $6,400 each. They’re used to monitor the pulse, respiratory rate, body temperature and blood pressure of patients being transferred between the emergency department and other areas of the hospital.

On Feb. 21, when the Royals take on the Kelowna Rockets at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, $5 from every club seat sold and $2 from each corner seat sold will be donated to the foundation to help with this purchase.

“Everyone benefits when we have access to high-quality health care,” says Gord Macatee, board chair of the foundation. “Working alongside groups like the Victoria Royals helps bring attention to the needs in our hospitals and emphasizes that a gift to health care is a gift to all members of our community.”

Not only are the Royals giving back from sales of tickets, hockey fans can also receive discounts on their online ticket purchases at selectyourtickets.com/promo. Enter the code HOCKEYFORHOSPITALS to save $4 on corner seats or $2 off club seat prices for the Feb. 21 game.

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