Quilts to help im­prove health

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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