Making hospi­tal stays a lit­tle bit eas­ier

South Canterbury Herald - - MOTORING - ESTHER ASHBY-COVEN­TRY

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.

PHOTO: JOHN BISSET/FAIR­FAX NZ

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.

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