Volunteers are a very important part of the Mid North Coast Local Health District, helping patients through donations of hospital equipment and the provision of trolley and café services, carpark transport buggies, cancer support, palliative care and much more.
The region’s 500-plus volunteers, working at seven Mid North Coast hospitals and several Community Health Centres, were thanked online this week, National Volunteer Week, due to the COVID-19 situation.
The Health District’s Corporate Relations Manager, Sharon Fuller, said it was impossible to properly thank the volunteers for their contribution which, last year, amounted to more than 100,000 volunteer hours in support of patients and staff and more than $550,000 in donated equipment.
“Our volunteer services have been on hold since March. Absolutely everyone in our Health family misses the volunteers; their smiles, their support, their precious time and their commitment,” Mrs Fuller said.
“Our hospitals and health centres just aren’t the same without them. For many reasons we are all looking forward to post COVID-19, not the least of which will be the return of some very important members of our Health family.
“Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week, and while we can’t thank our volunteers in person, we want them to know how much they mean to us.
“Our cafes, patient trolleys, fundraising stalls and raffles, patient support and volunteer programs are only possible because our volunteers make them happen.
“So, from all of us to all of you: We miss you, our patients miss you and our hospitals just aren’t the same without you. Stay safe, and happy National Volunteer Week.”