A special thank you from Health Service to its volunteers

The Broken Hill Health Service is recognising the contribution by the many volunteers to the health service with a special morning tea to be held at the Broken Hill Hospital on Wednesday, 15 March.

The morning tea is being held as part of the NSW Health Volunteers Appreciation Day in the hospital foyer from 10.30 to 11.30am. Far West LHD resident volunteer pianist, Mr Frank Cornelius, will be there to entertain the volunteers and staff.

Broken Hill Health Service General Manager, Ken Barnett, said the special morning tea was a small but sincere gesture of appreciation for the volunteers and everything they do for the health service.

“Throughout the year, our volunteers make an enormous contribution in their respective areas and in a variety of ways to the organisation and the wider community and this cannot be understated.

“Our volunteers bring a positive influence to the lives of our patients, their families, carers and our staff. Much of this work goes unnoticed by the general public but the health service is extremely appreciative, we know what they do and how their contribution – no matter how small or significant – can make a big difference,” said Mr Barnett.

“We hope that all our volunteers know we appreciate them for everything they do throughout the health service and throughout the year.”

BH Health Service volunteers include the Hospital Kiosk volunteers, those who assist the staff at the Mental Health Inpatient Unit and Carers Groups, the Artist in Residence, the Dementia/Delirium & Palliative Care volunteers, the Aqua and Tai Chi Leaders, the Patient Family Support Staff volunteers, our co-located volunteers from Telecross Red Cross, Broken Hill Women’s Auxiliary RFDS Hospital visitor Mrs Pam Lord and hospital visitors from St Vincent de Paul. Local club volunteers from the Working Men’s club and the Demo also visit fellow club members who are patients in the hospital.

The morning tea also includes the Broken Hill Health Council who play a valuable role in consumer participation and engagement. Members volunteer their time to plan and advise on health services in Broken Hill Hospital.

NSW Health has a long successful history of encouraging a culture of engaging the community in volunteering. NSW Health greatly values the relationship fostered with volunteers who generously give their time, knowledge and life experiences to support our health services.

Mrs Mary Leehane, FWLHD Volunteer Manager said: “Being a volunteer benefits the community and individuals by making it easier for the community to interact with one another socially and at the same time, becoming involved in local community issues, projects and services. Many of our volunteers agree that getting involved and volunteering is a great tool for positive ageing, and they get immense satisfaction from their contribution to our health service”.

If you are interested in volunteering with Far West Local Health District please contact Mary Leehane on 08 8080 1256.

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