Morning tea for hospital helpers

MORNING TEA: Craig Packard, centre, with Marilyn and Glen Shrubsole at the recent morning tea. Volunteers provide services including companionship and transport.

MORNING TEA: Craig Packard, centre, with Marilyn and Glen Shrubsole at the recent morning tea. Volunteers provide services including companionship and transport.

Whyalla Hospital and Health Services celebrated hard-working volunteers by hosting a morning tea at the Oronga Day Centre. Country Health SA Regional Director Flinders and Upper North, Ros McRae, said National Volunteer Week was an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and selfless dedication of the approximately 170 volunteers across the region, including more than 100 in Whyalla.

“From Roxby Downs to Whyalla, volunteers provide a range of services, including providing companionship and support for patients and aged care residents, transporting people to medical appointments, fundraising and helping cancer patients select and fit wigs and access cancer-related information,” Ms McRae said.

“In Whyalla the Hospital Ladies Auxiliary manage the hospital kiosk while Oronga Day Centre volunteers help run activities and provide meals, transport and care for clients; in Port Augusta the Early Years Parenting Centre volunteers provides support to playgroups and families while the Trauma Teddies group have, to date, knitted 1260 teddies for sick children.

“In Roxby Downs volunteers are involved in the Strengthening Our Families program, in Quorn around 10 volunteers support the Divisional Therapy program at Flinders House Home for the Aged, while Hawker Health Service has five volunteers drivers who transport people to medical appointments.

“These are just some of the roles our volunteers are engaged in. On behalf of the Flinders and Upper North region, I’d like to thank all of our volunteers – including the members of the Health Advisory Councils – for your ongoing support which benefits the lives of our patients and clients on a daily basis.”

 Certificates and badges acknowledging volunteers’ commitment and dedication were presented by Regional Director of Nursing and Midwifery Flinders and Upper North, Julie Marron, and Manager Corporate Service Flinders and Upper North, Craig Packard. Aspiring volunteers can contact their local health service for more information about how they can help.

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