2022 - Year in Review

Hornsby Hospital Pink Ladies mark diamond anniversary

The Pink Ladies Auxiliary marked its 60th anniversary by moving into a new shop at the main entry, where their handmade and donated giftwares greet visitors as they enter the new building. Volunteers officially first began at Hornsby Hospital in June 1962, when the hospital looked very different to the modern designed building that it is now. Over the decades, the volunteers have given countless hours of their time to support staff and patients, as well as raising thousands of dollars to buy medical equipment for the hospital.

Some of the equipment purchased has included speech pathology chairs, ultrasounds, patient trolleys, and orthopaedic surgical equipment. In 2017, the Pink Ladies bought a significant piece of equipment for the intensive care unit, the Bellavista 1000 – a $55,000 automated ventilator machine. Hornsby was the first public hospital in Australia to use this cutting-edge ventilator which automatically adjusted a patient’s oxygen flow, instead of staff having to adjust it manually. In 2004, the Pink Ladies underwent one of their biggest changes by allowing men to join for the first time. Pink Ladies Auxiliary President Brian Minnett said being a

volunteer meant he was helping to support the hospital provide high quality care to patients and their families. “Right from the start I have had a feeling of fulfilment knowing that I was helping the hospital, staff and my fellow volunteers in a worthwhile position,” he said. “I am now in my 15th year as a volunteer, and I have watched Hornsby Hospital grow. We have witnessed changes to patient care that I would never have imagined happening when I was a patient many years ago. “Having seen the changes in volunteer duties, I am convinced there will always be a place for volunteers at Hornsby Hospital.”

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