Lismore Base Hospital Renal Unit’s Hidden Treasure

Lismore Base Hospital Renal Unit’s Hidden Treasure
Each year the Department of Primary Industries recognises rural women for their volunteer work in the community. These women are nominated as Hidden Treasures and listed in the Hidden Treasure’s Honour Roll.

The Honour Roll is an important initiative of the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network to formally recognise and thank the inspiring women volunteers across NSW rural and regional communities.

This year 106 women have been recognised in this important publication which celebrates the valuable volunteer work they do within NSW rural, regional and remote communities, seven of these women from the Northern NSW Local Health District.

Anne Bolan is one such volunteer, a committed Australian Red Cross member who regularly volunteers at Lismore Base Hospital (LBH) Renal Unit where she visits patients and gives them a foot massage during their Wednesday dialysis treatment.

Jane Ruane, Renal Unit Case Manager and Jane Milz, Area Manager, Renal Services nominated Anne Bolan, saying patients spend up to five hours three times a week having clinical and technical treatments in hospital and Anne’s massages are a highlight.

“Anne delivers her care with a bright smile and an energy that lights up the room. She and her fellow volunteer Janet have a marvellous way of providing care that really humanises the department, which makes patients feel special through the power of touch and communication,” said Jane Ruane.

“Anne has also had her own health battles and when she was having chemotherapy last year, she was too unwell to provide massage therapy but she would still visit the Renal Unit to engage in friendly conversation with patients,” Jane said.

“Her genuine kindness makes a real difference to patients’ quality of care and everyone is so glad she is well and volunteering in the unit again. The nursing team are very grateful for her contribution to patient care and think she is a very special Hidden Treasure,” said Jane.

The other women recognised for their contribution were:
  • Catherine Boyd, who has been volunteering for 73 years and is a life member of The Tweed Hospital United Hospital Auxiliary.
  • Rae Cooper from the Byron Shire Health Services Community Action Group.
  • Janine Slater, Byron Shire Health Services Community Action Group.
  • Paul Starkey, Community representative on the Coraki Reference Group.
  • Crole Keast and Dianne Collier for their contribution as members of the Mental Health Forum.

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