Bentley auxiliary raises thousands

April 24, 2014

More than $50,000 has been raised over the past 12-months to purchase additional hospital medical equipment for Bentley Health Service (BHS), thanks to the voluntary efforts of the Bentley Hospital Auxiliary.

Based at Bentley Health Service, The Auxiliary was established 45 years ago, following the opening of the new Bentley Hospital in 1967. Members of the community recognised a need for volunteers to provide voluntary services to support the new hospital. Since 1967, the group has continued to expand, attracting a diverse range of community members, increasing the capacity of the Auxiliary to contribute to the hospital.

Having volunteered at BHS for the past 21 years, President of The Auxiliary, Cynthia Reilly says that volunteering is a very rewarding experience and a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community.

“Over the past year we have worked collaboratively with the hospital executive and the Community Advisory Council to raise more than $50,000 to purchase various pieces of medical equipment for the hospital such as a wireless telemetry unit and a maternal and fetal monitor for the maternity ward.” Cynthia said.

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Aseel Alkiaat says thanks to the volunteering services of The Auxiliary, BHS is able to provide prospective mothers with advanced medical equipment that enable us  to monitor the baby during labour without any restrictions to the mothers mobility.  

10 year volunteer and Auxiliary Treasurer, Dale Buswell says that volunteering at BHS is a flexible, rewarding avenue to remain active in the community. “At Bentley, volunteers are primarily involved with making the patients stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

“Seeing the appreciation of both patients and staff is extremely gratifying. Contributing to the improvement of health services available to the community in a social, friendly environment is enjoyable”.

A/General Manager at BHS, Maree Thomter says that both staff and patients appreciate the tireless efforts and outstanding contributions of the BHS Auxiliary. “Our volunteers are an integral part of the community here at Bentley,” Maree said. “Their selfless contributions go a long way to ensuring a pleasant patient journey at Bentley”.

To become a volunteer at Bentley Health Service, call Auxiliary Secretary, Julie Gartrell on 9334 3600 for more information.