Home' Yorke Peninsula Country Times : January 2, 2013 Contents Lucy's "unbelievable" Christmas gift
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SNOWTOWN residents can rest easy knowing
after-hours emergency care will continue to be
available after an agreement was reached
between Country Health SA and the Clare
Under the agreement, GPs from Clare
Medical Centre will still attend Snowtown hos-
pital in person in response to critical emergency
cases as required.
However, when physical intervention by a GP
is not required and the patient does not need to
be admitted, the GPs will provide consultations
via video conference.
Country Health SA acting CEO Peter
Chapman said the new technology will allow
GPs to physically observe patients on screen
while a nurse conducts tests.
"This new model of care for non-critical pre-
sentations will help GPs make more informed,
immediate decisions and enable residents in
Snowtown to continue to receive care after
hours by GPs who are familiar with their med-
ical histories," Dr Chapman said.
"Clare Medical Centre has provided an excel-
lent service for the Snowtown community and I
would like to thank them for helping us to reach
Clare Medical Centre partner Dr Tod Owen
said the GPs are looking forward to providing a
full range of medical services to the community.
"We are very pleased with this outcome and
know this announcement will be a huge relief
for the entire community," Dr Owen said.
"I would like to acknowledge the genuine
willingness Country Health SA has demonstrat-
ed to resolve this matter and ensure that this
outcome will help us to enhance our emergency
services in Snowtown."
The video technology will be implemented in
Snowtown's after-hours medical service to continue
AN anonymous couple who had
never met Moonta 3-year-old Parry-
Romberg Syndrome sufferer Lucy
Hancocks or her family turned out to
be their Christmas angels.
A woman from Adelaide called the
family in mid-December, explaining
her parents had followed Lucy's story
and were willing to donate $78,000 for
her life-changing surgery in the
"We were just so blown away, it
took a couple of days to even sink in
and even now it's unbelievable," Lucy's
mother Jodie said.
"We didn't expect to raise this much
money so quickly, not in a million
years --- the charity only became offi-
cial at the start of July."
The donation brought Lucy's total
to $200,000 which is enough to ensure
the Hancocks can afford the initial 10-
hour surgery as well as flights and
As such, Lucy's parents Jodie and
Nic have booked her in for surgery on
April 4, after which the family will stay
overseas for the minimum six-week
The charity set up for the cause,
Lucy's Champions for Hope, now has
one major fundraiser left, after which
it hopes to have raised enough to
cover Lucy's follow-up surgery in the
USA six months later.
"We can't get a quote for the second
surgery until after the first one, but
Lucy has to have it as part of the over-
all procedure," Jodie explained.
"The first operation will be the
major one; the surgeon will take tissue
from under Lucy's arm and transplant
it to her face.
"Initially she will look worse,
because the surgeon has to transplant
a lot of tissue to ensure good blood
supply --- then after the second sur-
gery she will start looking better."
Any money left over after Lucy's
surgeries will be donated to Ronald
McDonald House in Adelaide and the
"Even without the two major dona-
tions, this one before Christmas and
the other ($50,000) from Variety, we
have raised so much money, the sup-
port has been fantastic," Jodie said.
"Thanks to all the people involved
with Lucy's Champions for Hope, led
by chairperson Kathy Buck."
EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT... Charli, Jodie and Lucy Hancocks, Nic Clapp and
Tom Hancocks, are over the moon after receiving an anonymous $78,000
donation meaning Lucy can now have the life-changing surgery she needs in
A final major fundraiser for Lucy's Champions for
Hope, aiming to raise enough money to cover Lucy
Hancocks' second surgery later this year, will be a gala
The event will feature entertainment by comedian
Rod "The Old Fella" Gregory and band Krazy Katz, as
well as an auction of items ranging from holidays to
sporting memorabilia and shark cage diving.
The gala auction will be held at the Wallaroo
Community Sports Club on Saturday, February 16, 6.30
Tickets are $60 per person, including a three-course
meal plus complimentary drink and nibbles on arrival;
early bird tickets for $55 are available until January 28.
Gala auction night
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