Hospital's quiet achievers

THERE is no doubt a good working hospital is a very important part of any community.

Our Gladstone Hospital has come in for some criticism over recent years, not for the lack of quality of the staff but the lack of some facilities and expertise that requires residents go elsewhere for procedures.

But there are many also who appreciate the care and attention given by the staff to patients.

The hospital system is going through some rough times at the moment.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh is recasting the whole system, and only the future will tell how successful or otherwise the move has been.

But some things never change. And one of the most constant ones has been the Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary.

In fact the auxiliary (until recently known as the Gladstone Hospital Ladies Auxiliary) has been going for so long that the current members are not certain if it began 35 or 40 years ago.

Auxiliary president Kerry Rose said the fundraising efforts by the auxiliary through the years have supplied many items needed at the hospital.

The auxiliary's main fundraisers have been the annual Easter Fashion Parade and Cent Sale, the Motor Traders Charity Golf Day and the Gladstone Ladies Bowls Day which auxiliary members cater for.

But auxiliary members also actually do "a lot of routine stuff" to help out at the hospital, Mrs Rose said.

"Every Thursday some of our members go the hospital's sterilisation room to assist staff with non-patient contact doing such tasks as putting stickers on blood sample containers or cut adhesive tape to length, things that could be time consuming for nurses to do.

"When we had a strike here this year, we helped collect dishes from patients and washed up."

She said the Gladstone community has always been very generous in their donations to the auxiliary.

"That's right across the board from the big industries and businesses, to the small ones and individuals," she said.

"The response was very good this year despite because times have been hard for people."

However she said the auxiliary could always do with more volunteers.

The auxiliary meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the hospital.

This year's fundraising effort was to buy privacy curtains and bed covers for the hospital.


Fast facts

The Gladstone hospital auxiliary is open to men and women

It meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month

Anyone interested in being a part of the auxiliary should phone Kerry Rose on 4978 2059 

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