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Kiosk bonanza for hospital

Monday, 20th December, 2010

The President of the BH Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary, Mary Ryan, with fellow volunteer Lou Arnold The President of the BH Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary, Mary Ryan, with fellow volunteer Lou Arnold

The BH Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary bought more than $100,000 worth of medical equipment after another successful year of fundraising.

Hundreds of sandwiches, hot meals, cakes and coffee were passed over the counter by the 44 volunteers during a busy year, said Kiosk Auxiliary President, Mary Ryan.

She said all the volunteers were to be congratulated for their efforts. "Our volunteers can be very proud of their achievements and without them it would not be possible and the hospital would not have all this extra equipment," she said.

The Broken Hill Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary purchased $107,736 worth of medical equipment for hospital this year.

IT went to all the wards including Medical and Surgical, Intensive and Coronary Care, and the Theatre and Emergencyr Department.

Some of the major items included a bladder scanner, two Nimbus mattresses and pumps, a cardiograph machine, eight Hovermatts and two CPM Artromot machines with trolleys.

Others included bariatric and standard shower commode chairs, high back rehabilitation chairs, and heavy duty wheelchairs, BH Health Service

General Manager, Rod Wyber-Hughes, thanked the Kiosk Auxiliary for their contribution.

"The Kiosk Auxiliary volunteers consistently support our health service and help ensure that patients, their families and carers have a more comfortable stay in the hospital," he said. 

"The equipment that is purchased with the funds raised by the Kiosk is greatly appreciated by the staff and the patients that ultimately benefit."

A number of milestones amongst the Auxiliary's volunteers were also celebrated this year. Maxine Cowley celebrated 30 years' volunteering at the Kiosk and Raelene Kennewell was presented with her 10-year Volunteer Badge.

Shirley Read recently retired after 26 years and Marg Tonkin retired after 13 years. The Hospital Kiosk will close on December 17 and re-open on January 17.

If anyone wishes to volunteer at the Kiosk they are invited to contact the ladies when it reopens next year.

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