Quilts to help improve health
EXQUISITE patchwork quilts for children and adults will be used for patient comfort and to decorate the Proserpine Hospital as a result of a donation of more than $500 from the Bendigo Community Bank.
The donation was used to buy two rolls of fabric wadding for the Proserpine Chat and Patch group who have been making handmade quilts for the community since 1992.
Dr Shaun Grimes from the Proserpine Hospital said the quilts would be used on the beds for the comfort of patients.
“More importantly the quilts improve the visual aesthetic of the sterile rooms and help to take a patient’s mind off their illness and better improve their health,” he said.
“We always have a range of quilts on display and they certainly do brighten up the place and you can’t help but smile when you see them.”
Mr Grimes said the art of health practice was recently mandated in the teaching program of GPs as a way of improving patient health.
Chairman of Bendigo Community Bank Jeffrey Law said 80 per cent of profits from the branch needed to go back into the community.
“I contacted the group because I know they are always scraping together materials to continue their great work,” he said.
“Proserpine Hospital is a benchmark rural facility and by helping the Chat and Patch group we are able to help the whole community.”
Community quilt co-ordinator Robyn Heiniger said the 20 quilts would be on display at the Proserpine Museum until the end of August before being donated to the hospital.
The Proserpine Chat and Patch group meets at the Proserpine High School every Tuesday night from 7pm, and every second Saturday from 9am.
For more information, contact Ms Heiniger on 4947 0133.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Dr Shaun Grimes from the Proserpine Hospital met with Proserpine Chat and Patch group members Robyn Heiniger, Gail Valmadre, Carolyn Considine and Bendigo Community Bank chairman Jeffrey Law to view a sample of the handmade quilts that will be available to hospital patients at the end of the month.