Community donations much needed

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With demand for community services, district nursing, and allied health services increasing, now more than ever Dunstan Hospital needs public donations from the community, Friends of Dunstan Hospital chairwoman, Mary Boyd says.

The charity was keen to reach out to communities across Central Otago and Lakes Districts to make contact about fundraising for the hospital.

Two businesses in Alexandra had even offered employees the option of deductions made from wages, Mrs Boyd said.

Mrs Boyd said Friends of Dunstan Hospital funded capital items that made a big difference to patients’ needs.

Diagnostic tools, medical equipment, adjustable chairs, heating, cardiac monitoring and much more had been funded by the charity.

“These items cost many thousands of dollars,” Mrs Boyd said.

A recent example was a diagnostic trauma trolley with all equipment needed in one place, making it a valuable resource for the hospital, Mrs Boyd said.

The government did not fund everything that was needed to help patients, and the hospital needed community support for tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and services both at the hospital and in community-based health services, such as district nursing and allied health, Mrs Boyd said.

Every year, the charity would consult hospital staff, identifying facilities, equipment, upgrades or extensions that were sorely needed by the hospital to improve the health and wellbeing of patients.

The hospital was essential for people across the region, and the charity was keen to reach out to members of the community in Alexandra, Clyde, Cromwell, Roxburgh, Wanaka, Haast, Hawea and surrounding areas.

HOW TO HELP

Contact Friends of Dunstan Hospital secretary, Rachel Samuel for offers of help, fundraising or donations.

021 027 01199

Box 219, Alexandra