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Window opens up kiosk

Wednesday, 17th February, 2021

After almost 12 months, the much loved Hospital Auxiliary Kiosk has reopened and have installed a window to serve people. Broken Hill Hospital Kiosk Volunteer Lorraine Fraser delivers food and coffee to Broken Hill Health Service Site Manager and Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Pam Charnock. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson After almost 12 months, the much loved Hospital Auxiliary Kiosk has reopened and have installed a window to serve people. Broken Hill Hospital Kiosk Volunteer Lorraine Fraser delivers food and coffee to Broken Hill Health Service Site Manager and Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Pam Charnock. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

After a long eleven and a half months the Broken Hill Hospital Kiosk has reopened; much to the delight of hospital staff and community members alike. 

The Hospital kiosk opened on Monday after closing back in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

They closed after the United Hospital Auxiliaries of NSW Inc gave direction to its volunteers and members that all gathering and fundraising activities should cease until further notice. 

After not operating for almost twelve months the Kiosk has returned to provide the hospital and community with much loved service from 8am to 3pm, Monday to Friday for takeaway only. 

A lot of effort has gone into preparing the Kiosk for reopening, with a new serving window installed for those customers not wishing to enter the hospital but still wanting to visit the Kiosk. 

All customers accessing the Kiosk window will need to register via a QR code displayed or complete manual registration. 

Broken Hill Hospital Kiosk President, Betty Sammut said all the volunteers are really happy to be back in the Kiosk and despite a slow start they are expecting things to get back to the usual busy standard in no time.  

“We’ve started off slowly so our menu is not a full menu at the moment,” Ms Sammut said.

“So we’re just doing homemade sausage roles, tuna patties, spinach and feta, we’ve got pies and pasties from McLeod’s and we’re also doing sandwiches, rolls and wraps at the moment and we’ve got cake of course. 

“But we will extend a little bit next week and bring in some schnitzel wraps but we’re just coming back slowly.

“We have got a window open now which a lot of people don’t know about.” 

Ms Sammut said people’s reactions have shown their appreciation for the Kiosk and that they’re grateful it has returned. “Everybody has been saying, ‘Thank goodness you’re back’ and staff in particular say, ‘I don’t have to go and buy my lunch or bring my lunch with me anymore because you’re now open’ so it’s been good.”

There were many steps  taken to get the Kiosk back up and running but Ms Sammut said it was worth it.

“We had to make sure we were COVID-safe, had to wait to get the all clear to even open and we got that Monday of last week and then it was rush all last week to get food back in.

“But we did it and so we’re back and hopefully soon we’ll be up and running as we were before we closed down.”

In the last ten years the Kiosk Auxiliary has donated a grand total of $1,752,500 to the Broken Hill Health Service.

Ms Sammut hope they will be able to continue making sizeable donations now that the Kiosk has reopened. 

“Last year we never made a donation of course because we’ve been closed, but hopefully this year we won’t get closed again and later in the year we can make another donation,” she said. 

Everyone who attends the kiosk are asked to be patient and considerate of the volunteers as they get back into their routine amidst COVID management procedures. 

The Kiosk Auxiliary is always looking for volunteers and anyone interested can contact Ms Sammut on 0400 183 146.

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