Your donations make an impact on our community.

Each year in the May the Foundation receives a list of priority medical equipment that is required by the Cobequid Community Health Centre. This list is reviewed by the Board of Directors of the Foundation and then provided to Management and Staff of the Foundation. They develop a plan to bring the funds needed to purchase these items into the Foundation through fundraisers, individual community and corporate gifts.

As the funds are raised, the Foundation provides Cobequid Centre management the approval to purchase the piece of equipment. Each dollar you donate stays right here in our community to help fund the healthcare needs of you and your neighbours.

Through the generous support of our donors, the Cobequid Health Centre Foundation funds, in full, a significant amount of the medical equipment required each year in order to provide quality care.

Please find below the list of current needs for fiscal year 2020-2021.

Current Needs

Fibroscan Unit – Cost $159,000

Ambulatory Care Clinic

The fibroscan is a portable non-invasive solution for efficient liver disease management. The FibroScan is a specialized ultrasound machine for your liver. It measures fibrosis (scarring) and steatosis (fatty change) in your liver. Fatty change is when fat builds up in your liver cells. The FibroScan unit helps your healthcare provider learn more about your liver disease. It provides a non-surgical alternative to the traditional liver biopsy to assess liver damage.

Pulse Oximeters with Case – Cost $450 each 5 required for total cost of $2,250

1 for the Ambulatory Care Clinic
4 for the Emergency Department

Pulse oximeters are devices that can measure the heart rate per minute and the oxygen level in the blood easily and quickly. It is a small medical device that clips painlessly onto the end of your finger. It is used to determine the oxygen rate by using the light passing through the tissue. Pulse oximeters work by color analysis according to whether the hemoglobin in the red blood cells absorbs oxygen or not. Sensors use the color of the blood to detect the oxygen rate. The color tone of the blood changes depending on the oxygen carrying amount of the red blood cells. The device sends red and infrared light on one side, and provides measurement thanks to the sensor on the other side. Oxygenated blood is bright red in color and absorbs most of the light sent from the pulse oximeter. Thanks to the measurement of the amount of light reaching the opposite side, the oxygen saturation in the blood is determined. The pulse oximeters will be used for nursing assessments within the clinic. It will aid the staff in determining the patients’ current health status and plan their treatments.

Whirlpool with Life System – Cost $11,400

Rehabilitation Services – Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy

Whirlpools are used to treat acute as well as chronic upper and lower extremity conditions. This whirlpool is quicker to full up, takes less time to drain and uses less water, which keeps things efficient in our busy outpatient department. The addition of the life system makes it adaptable for both hand and foot use. This is a 15-liter system.

Ophthalmoscopes/Otoscopes – Cost $800 12 required for total cost of $9,600.

12 for the Emergency Department

The otoscope is an essential physical exam tool to visually examine the tympanic membrane and ear canal. It is used as a diagnostic tool with in the Emergency Department to help determine what may be causing an ear ache.

The ophthalmoscope is the essential tool for a basic eye exam. It is used as a diagnostic tool in the Emergency Department to view the retina and other parts of the eye to determine what is causing vision issues or irritation.

Here is more information from Dr. Aris Lavranos on the need for these devices at Cobequid.

Cabinet for Probes – Cost $5,400

Diagnostic Imaging

The current cabinet for the probes is not sufficient which is leading to premature wear on the cords of the devices. Here is more from Bev Barrios, Team Lead about the need for these items.

Additional needs

There are the additional items required. If you would like further information on any of the items listed on this page, please call or email the Foundation at (902) 869-6111 or stacey.chapman@nshealth.ca. Thank you for your consideration.

Patient Curtains

Number required: 29

Department: Emergency Department

Cost: $326 x 29 = $9,454.

Quad Exercise Table with Weights 1

Department: Rehabilitation Services – Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy

Cost: $5,000

Vacuum Module for Intelect

Department: Rehabilitation Services – Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy

Cost: $2,600

Impact of donations

To see some of the items the Foundation, through your generous donations and your participation in our events, have been able to fund visit our Impact of donations page. In the hands of our skilled healthcare professionals, this equipment provides quality care for you and your neighbours.