Forced to close
Thursday, 7th July, 2011
The hospital kiosk will be forced to close for the day tomorrow as there are not enough members to run it.
The Broken Hill Health Service Kiosk Auxiliary raised $107,000 last year for the health service, but it will be closed tomorrow as there is only one volunteer available to help out.
Kiosk Auxiliary President Betty Sammut said volunteering at the kiosk was very rewarding, and she encouraged men and women of all ages to join.
“Our volunteers provide an essential services to the staff, patients and visitors to the hospital with the meals and drinks available. Even a few hours a week would be a great help,” Ms Sammut said.
The Kiosk Auxiliary makes donations of medical equipment to the hospital and has already donated $36,930 worth of equipment this year.
“This year, we have replaced 82 sphygmomanometers (blood pressure machines) throughout the hospital, bought four stand-on patient scales and three emergency treatment carts,” Ms Sammut said.
“Without the Kiosk and more importantly, without the volunteers, the hospital would not have this additional equipment for the care of patients, who are all part of our community.”
Ms Sammut said that people can donate as much or as little of their time as they want - any help would be appreciated.
Broken Hill Health Service Director of Nursing, Ms Dale Sutton, said the group of kiosk volunteers consistently support the health service and have a wonderful reputation.
“I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank all the volunteers for their efforts and urge anyone considering helping to contact the Auxiliary as soon as they can,” she said.
For more information about joining the Kiosk Auxiliary please contact Ms Sammut on 0400 183 146.