Bike ride keeps wheels turning smoothly

FOOD delivery trolleys at Central Gippsland Health Service in Sale and Maffra have a new look and a new lease of life, thanks to a significant donation from the annual bike relay from Sale to Lake Tyers and back.

The ride raised $13,000 for the health service, with the nominated project to improve the efficiency and safety of the food service trolleys.

The steel-framed trolleys are used to deliver meals and morning and afternoon refreshments at Sale and Maffra.

After discussion with staff, it was decided the donation would be used to upgrade four of the trolleys by adding a small electric drive motor, better steering apparatus and pot holders for enhanced safety when transporting hot beverages.

CGHS food services manager David Askew said staff members were delighted with the result, which provided much improved health and safety as well as more efficiency.

“The trolleys are quite large and when full carry around 70-plus kilograms of food and beverages, including hot drinks and hot water,” he said.

“The motor means each one is now self-propelled and we have added larger wheels so they are much easier to manoeuvre and no pushing is required.”

The decision to refurbish the existing trolleys rather than buy new models has allowed the health service to refurbish the equipment at Maffra and Sale.

One of the bike ride organisers, Shirley Mowat, said the group was delighted it could provide equipment improvements across both hospitals.