19 July 2022

Centuria donates $162,000 worth of hospital equipment

Upcycled to local and international charities

ASX-200 listed real estate fund manager, Centuria Capital Group (ASX:CNI or ‘Centuria’), has upcycled hospital equipment worth more than $162,000 to benefit local Victorian and international not-for-profit organisations while avoiding 18 truckloads of landfill.

Items donated include medical and operating beds, transfer trolleys, blood pressure machines, intravenous poles, tables, chairs, dialysis chairs, over-toilet chars, shower chairs, over-bed tables, and a sterilisation washer.

Additional equipment that reached its end of life, including surgical handwash basin and an X-ray machine, have had their metal stripped and recycled to further reduce the carbon footprint of a knock-down and rebuild development in Kew, Victoria.

The 1970s, former Cotham Private Hospital, is due to be demolished in the coming weeks and will be replaced by the new Adeney Private Hospital, which will be operated by a joint venture between more than 40 doctors and health company, Medibank.

Andrew Hemming, Centuria Healthcare Managing Director, said, “We invest in sustainable properties and often this includes fund-through developments to ensure a fit-for-purpose asset that suits an operator’s needs. This Kew development provided us with an opportunity to further extend our sustainability reach by upcycling and recycling equipment that would otherwise be landfill.

“It’s rewarding to know we are assisting local and international charities with essential, second-hand equipment that ensures fewer outgoing costs for them while expanding the number of people who are in need of everyday healthcare items.”

Recipient charities included:

NAME DISTRIBUTION PROVISION TRUCKLOADS
Shannon’s Bridge Country Victoria Palliative homecare 4
Rotary’s Donations In Kind International Provides donated items to developing countries 1
Salvation Army Melbourne Various 2
Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network (RIMERN) Melbourne’s western suburbs Distributes donated furniture and household goods 3
Private individual Melbourne and Lebanon Beirut hospitals, Melbourne nursing homes and a southeast Melbourne not-for-profit hospital 3
Recycled material n/a Stripping metal from shelving, hand basins, X-ray equipment and doors 5

Rotary’s Donations in Kind volunteer, Bob Glindemann, said, “Donations In Kind started in Victoria in 1978. Among other initiatives, we ship containers of medical and healthcare equipment to Pacific Island and African nations including Timor Leste, Tonga, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somaliland.

“Rotary covers the cost of shipping and logistics but relies on items to be donated from organisations and individuals. Items we’ve collected from the former Kew hospital, such as patient transfer trollies, hospital beds and mobility aids, will be used within rudimentary healthcare facilities where the patients would otherwise be transported in a canvas bag or sleep on the floor. These donations make a meaningful difference to patient treatment and care.”

Jeremy Knight from Shannon’s Bridge, commented, “Shannon’s Bridge is a registered charity run by volunteers. We work with families and communities to upskill and equip them to deal with end of life issues when someone is caring, dying or grieving. With no recurrent funding, the charity relies on donations including equipment to help people live in their preferred place of care. The items we’ve collected from the Kew site will be used and upcycled further in the community to better support home based palliative care.”

Gilly Swinnerton, RIMERN representative, added that the donated items her organisation collected will help those most vulnerable in the inner Melbourne community. “We assist those who have left a domestically violent household or refuges who have been provided with accommodation but have no furnishings. Things like armchairs, dining chairs, coffee tables, side tables and sofas, which we collected from the Kew site, will help transform meagre accommodation into a home. We, and our recipients, are thankful for these donations.”

All items within the dilapidated Kew Hospital have been collected and distributed. The site is vacant and currently awaiting demolition. Construction of the new hospital will begin later in 2022.