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Patients at Dunstan Hospital are receiving a little extra care and comfort, thanks to a gift from Women’s Institute.

Past and present members of Women’s Institute recently gave packs of toiletries to the hospital for those who found themselves in hospital unexpectedly.

Packs contained basic toiletries to help make people’s stay more comfortable.

Women’s Institute member Daphne Johnston said the idea came after funds were raised a at a luncheon in May celebrating 100 years of the organisation in New Zealand.

While there was no longer a Central Otago based chapter of the group, the women wanted to contribute to the hospital in a way that was practical.

Mrs Johnston said it was hoped other groups and individuals would pick up the initiative.

“We would have loved to have done more,” she said.

Dunstan Hospital Vincent Ward acting charge nurse Tracey Reid the packs were a practical gift.

“It’s good .. having something so they can actually brush their teeth and wash their face, it makes a difference.”