District Hospital support continues despite pandemic

MEMBERSHIP of the New Norfolk District Hospital Auxiliary has rallied after a number of its members retired due to the coronavirus pandemic. In her report to the group’s annual general meeting, president Christine Blackwell said membership had dropped to 10 but had climbed back to 16.

“It was very difficult period with COVID-19 raging,” Mrs Blackwell said when looking back on the period last year when hospital auxiliaries had been advised to cancel their meetings and activities. Fundraising was cancelled for a while, however we are now getting back into full swing,” she said.

In the last year, the auxiliary had donated a $3200 sofa bed for use in the hospital’s palliative care ward, which is much more comfortable for relatives staying overnight. Doonas, comforter sets, pillows and a CD player were provided for the same room at a cost of $800. The group also provided craft packs for patients wanting to keep their hands and minds busy while in hospital.

After being temporarily suspended during the peak of the pandemic lockdown last year, the auxiliary has resumed its trolley service at the hospital, offering toiletries and snacks for patients to purchase.

Certificates of service were presented to the following members of the hospital auxiliary: Pat Nichols (55 years), Nora Cawthorn (55 years), Doris McNeil (45 years), Shirley Brown (35 years) and Christine Blackwell (15 years).
Ten-year service certificates were awarded to Tony Blackwell and Ivan and Nancy Tubb.

Office-bearers for the next year are president Christine Blackwell, vice-president Jess Heatherington, secretary Carol Volant, treasurer Nancy Tubb and kiosk manager Sheryl Dixon.

Pictured: New Norfolk Hospital enrolled nurse Wendy Tattam tries out the sofa bed donated by the hospital auxiliary, with, back from left: Colleen Smith, Christine Blackwell and Carol Volant.

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