Wo-He-Lo Sale starts on Wednesday October 18, 2017

Thanks to the work of the members of the Wo-He-Lo Club, moms and their babies in the QEH’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) will be cared for by new equipment soon. The annual Wo-He-Lo Club’s Fall Clothing Sale is taking place this week and the members want your support to help P.E.I.’s tiniest and most fragile babies.

Islanders are invited to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to see the club’s selection of gently used, reasonably priced quality clothing and accessories for men, women and children. The sale takes place on the third floor in Classroom A and B beginning Wednesday, October 18 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, October 19 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, October 20 from 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The funds raised from the latest sales have been allocated to meet new requirements for the neonatal resuscitation program. Kathy Larter, nurse manager of the QEH Nursery and the NICU says several new pieces of equipment were needed this year. “New regulations say we need cardio-respiratory monitoring available during the resuscitation of a newborn, and as a result, the purchase of three portable monitors is essential in order to care for expectant mothers and babies,” says Larter. “Another new guideline is for fetal health surveillance, recommending we purchase a new fetal heart monitor that can compare a mother’s heart rate on the same screen as the fetal heart rate.  The current QEH monitors can only check the baby‘s heart.”

Larter says with this upcoming sale, the club will enable the QEH to fulfill all its obligations to the program. “We are so thankful to have the Wo-He-Lo Club helping the 150 babies or so who are born premature or become critically ill and need to be placed in the NICU.”

Wo-He-Lo Club President, Mary Laflamme, encourages anyone heading to the sale to consider car-pooling or taking the Trius Transit bus to the hospital.  “With construction happening at the PEICTC, parking at the QEH is limited and leaving parking spots for patients is vital.”