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A practical act of generosity was the best Christmas gift for the team at Dunstan Hospital.

In a combined effort, the Alexandra Lions Club and the Clyde and Districts Lions Club banded together to provide some much needed items.

The clubs donated a mobile blood pressure monitor and recliner as well as a car seat for use in ambulances.

The blood pressure monitor and recliner would be used for patients in isolation rooms. The chair was made of vinyl to allow for deep cleaning after use by patients with Covid-19.

The availability of the car seat for ambulances would allow for babies needing to be transferred with their mother to Dunedin Hospital to be safely transported.

Central Otago Health Services chief executive Kathy de Luc said she was “eternally grateful” for support for the hospital from organisations such as the Lions clubs.

“We couldn’t actually financially and practically do the service we do without the support of the community and organisations like the Lions,” Dr de Luc said.

Alexandra Lions Club past president Barry McCall said the items cost around $6000, with each club funding half.