Making hospital stays a little bit easier
People who have to stay overnight at Timaru Hospital are having their stays made a little bit easier thanks to donations from the community.
Toilet bags with all the personal hygiene necessities for overnight stays are being given to Timaru Hospital patients.
Timaru St Mary’s Church parishioners have taken over the role of collecting the toiletries and filling the bags this year, from the Association of Anglican Women (AAW). in Timaru and Temuka.
The number of bags delivered to the hospital varied and was dependent on how many items were donated, she said.
Last week Beange dropped off 28 bags and the week before it was 17.
So far this year 120 packs had been dropped off for use in the Intensive Care Unit ( ICU) and the medical and surgical wards at the hospital. Beange said the patients who arrived at the hospital with nothing except what they were wearing often sent thank you cards to the church to express their gratitude for the bags..
‘ ‘ I get surprised when I am warmly welcomed by the doctors when I drop off the packs,’’ she said.
St Mary’s Church parishioner Kay Beange, left, delivers toilet bags with overnight items for Timaru Hospital patients to nurse Sue Morrison, centre, and medical ward staff member Sue Johnson.