Dargaville Hospital operations manager Jen Thomas and Kaipara Community Health Trust chief executive Debbie Evans (left) and representatives from Lions and Rotary Groups that helped fundraise for the recliners

Comfort boost for hospital resources

by Paul Campbell

A wish list drawn up by staff at Dargaville Hospital is slowly being ticked off thanks to donations from the community and substantial fundraising efforts from local service clubs.

Kaipara Community Health Trust chief executive Debbie Evans said that the trust had raised more than $6,000 to purchase four recliner chairs for patients and their families to use while staying at Dargaville Hospital.

The wish list contains items, which are ‘above and beyond’ what the Northland DHB can provide, and the chairs were bought with support from Aratapu Hobson Trust, Northern Wairoa Lions, Ruawai Lions, Dargaville Rotary, Northland Community Foundation Health Fund PLUS and community donations.

Debbie said she fully appreciates the hundreds of volunteer hours as well as the contributions from the community.

“People generously donated at a collection held outside Countdown Dargaville.“

Dargaville Hospital operations manager, Jen Thomas said that all 80 staff have a great sense of pride in the hospital and work hard to maintain services to the community which provides 24-hour emergency cover.

Health Fund PLUS has been set up by Northland DHB and Northland Community Foundation to provide a way for people to give to the DHB by way of donations or endowments.

Donations and gifts are never used as an alternative to government funding.

Call Northland Community Foundation 09 459 6327 or 021 558 224 for information.