A FUND that helps Portland district people in times of medical emergency has been extended for a further two years.
The Portland Aluminium Urgent Care Assistance Fund provides immediate support to people who are required to accompany members of their family transferred out of town to higher care hospital facilities.
Through assistance from the fund, a family member or support person can have accommodation and transfers arranged by a Portland District Health representative or apply to be reimbursed to cover those costs.
The fund has been used several times since its introduction in 2010; however some money has been unused from the previous agreement and has been used to help purchase a new portable ultrasound machine at PDH.
Portland Aluminium contributes $24,000 annually to the fund.
PDH chief executive officer Chris Giles said the ongoing support was appreciated by the hospital and local community.
Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.