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Thank you from DHB for goodwill gestures

Rural Women’s Network members deliver a box of food to Whakatane Hospital. BOPDHB RHIP Academic Coordinator Yvonne Boyes, Sue Vowell, ACU Clinical Nurse Manager Lou Blackburn, ED Clinical Nurse Manager Colleen MacGregor and Wendy McGowan.

Thanks are being given to all those who have given gifts and donations, or offered their support in other ways, to Whakatane Hospital staff following the Whakaari - White Island eruption.

“The staff at Whakatane Hospital have been overwhelmed with the gifts of love and support since the Whakaari – White Island eruption on Monday 9 December,” says Bay Of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) Interim Chief Executive Simon Everitt.

“These have come in many different forms and from many different avenues. There are too many people to mention individually but as an organisation we wanted people to know just how much their kindness at this time, whatever shape that has taken, has been appreciated.”

The gestures of goodwill included dozens of messages of support from the public, flowers and numerous deliveries of food to support staff including: trays of kiwifruit, water, cakes, chips, chocolate, fruit platters and cherries. There were also hand-painted messages from local schools; staff whip-arounds at other critical care units and pizzas from colleagues at Tauranga Hospital.

Characteristic of the type of gifts and kindness received was the delivery of a box of food by members of the Rural Women’s Network to Whakatane Hospital. The group also delivered boxes of food to St John and Whakatane Coastguard.

“We have also been supported by our healthcare colleagues at other DHBs in terms of them releasing staff members with specific expertise, to offer the benefit of their knowledge and experience.

“For example we have had visits from both a clinical psychologist from Christchurch, who was involved in their earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and an experienced trauma nurse from Waikato DHB.

“In light of all of this generosity I would like to say a heartfelt thank you on behalf of the BOPDHB to all those who have supported our staff at such a trying time.”

Image above: Rural Women’s Network members deliver a box of food to Whakatane Hospital. Pictured (from left) are: BOPDHB RHIP (Rural Health Inter-professional Programme) Academic Coordinator Yvonne Boyes, Sue Vowell (Rural Women’s Network), Whakatane Hospital Acute Care Unit Clinical Nurse Manager Lou Blackburn, Whakatane Hospital Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Manager Colleen MacGregor and Wendy McGowan (Rural Women’s Network).

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