Volunteers are a very important part of the Mid North Coast Local Health District, helping patients through donations of hospital equipment and the provision of trolley and café services, carpark transport buggies, cancer support, palliative care and much more.
The region's 500-plus volunteers, working at seven Mid North Coast hospitals and several Community Health Centres, were thanked online due to the COVID-19 situation.
The Health District's corporate relations manager, Sharon Fuller, said it was impossible to properly thank the volunteers for their contribution which, last year, amounted to more than 100,000 volunteer hours in support of patients and staff and more than $550,000 in donated equipment.
"Our volunteer services have been on hold since March. Absolutely everyone in our Health family misses the volunteers; their smiles, their support, their precious time and their commitment," Mrs Fuller said.
"Our hospitals and health centres just aren't the same without them. For many reasons we are all looking forward to post COVID-19, not the least of which will be the return of some very important members of our Health family."
It's National Volunteer Week. Throughout the hardship of the last year, those good humans who step up without question and extend a helping hand, are at the engine room of our community.
This week, we say thank you.