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Dunstan Hospital has been able to buy a central heart rate monitor thanks to a $20,000 donation from local Rotary groups.

Dunstan Hospital director of nursing Debi Lawry said the central heart rate monitoring station allowed nurses to monitor up to 12 people in real time from a single location.

“Anyone who has a cardiac event will need their heart rate monitored, and this will allow us to do this more efficiently,” she said.

Both the high-dependency unit and general ward were connected to it, meaning anyone admitted to Dunstan Hospital who needed cardiac monitoring would be linked to the system.

The system provided 24-hour monitoring at the nurses’ station, and would also sound an alarm if there were any problems.

Cromwell, Wanaka and Alexandra Rotary clubs each gave $5000.

A Rotary district grant of another $5000 was then added to make a total of $20,000.