Hospital volunteers recognised
Tuesday, 1st June, 2010
Tribute was paid to local hospital volunteers yesterday.
The Broken Hill Health Service gave thanks to its volunteers with a morning tea to celebrate their efforts.
Health service general manager Mr Rod Wyber-Hughes said the morning tea was about recognising the input and effort of volunteers.
He said without help from about 90 volunteers the health service couldn't provide the services it does.
He said volunteers support staff, run the kiosk and the day care centre, and include official visitors for the mental health service and Telecross.
Mr Wyber-Hughes made special mention of the work of Mrs Pam Lord.
Mrs Lord, who has been volunteering for 45 years, visits patients flown in by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, especially those who are away from their family and friends.
"I do all the things a family member would do, if they were there...this includes shopping, writing letters or just sitting with them," she said.
Mr Wyber-Hughes personally thanked all the volunteers for their work.
He said it benefits the whole community by trying to make the health service the "best it can be".
The volunteers were given a small gift from the health service as a token of thanks.