CHILDREN’S health will be better monitored at Portland District Health thanks to new equipment bought with a donation by local police. Nearly $23,000 was donated from the Portland Police Social Club for five new mobile paediatric vital sign monitors, two electronic thermometers and a pulse oximeter, used for measuring blood oxygen levels. The monitors measure temperature, blood pressure, blood oxygen and heart rate, and will be used predominantly for ear, nose and throat patients, of which there are roughly eight each fortnight. Senior Constable Graham Sealey said the money had accumulated over years of fundraising. “It was originally money from the old toy fund for kids’ Christmas presents, but the Salvos and the Target Christmas tree now take care of that… so we had to use the money somewhere else, and it’s the community’s money, so we wanted to put it into something everybody can benefit from,” Sen Const Sealey said. Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.