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PAH donates linen to PNG

1 December 2017

More than 3000 hospital gowns and 2000 blankets have been donated from the Metropolitan Linen Service (MLS) at PAH to hospitals in Papua New Guinea.

Surgical Care Unit CN Margaretha Mortiaux said she organised the donation after seeing pictures of PNG hospital patients wrapped in sheets because they had no gowns.

“There is a shortage of gowns at the hospitals. Seeing this broke my heart. I made a phone call to the MLS at PAH hoping I could either secure some donated items or contact a rep,” Ms Mortiaux said.

The MLS staff initially said that there were approximately 150 to 200 gowns available.

“When I arrived, I was greeted by Maggie who informed me that there was closer to 3000 gowns, 2000 blankets, 250 baby blankets and curtains that I could have. I would need a one tonne truck next time to take all the linen,” she said.

“We all have been overwhelmed by the generosity by the MLS staff. Even those staff who helped load linen into my car in their tea breaks.

“This is one of the reasons I love working at the PA is the staff who are so generous in helping others. Whether that be our patients or our neighbours across the seas.”

Ms Mortiaux said her friends Marie and Ando were born in PNG and often took items back for those in need.

“The original purpose of going to PNG was to see the Kendu Festival in Alotau. Through Marie and Ando’s contacts, I visited two hospitals and delivered 30 gowns to each, as well as toiletries. This was greatly received by the staff,” she said.

“On returning to Brisbane, I have collected the large volume of linen from Maggie and Donna and even learnt to drive a manual one tonne truck.

“Our next step is to secure funding to send the linen to PNG.”

Last updated 1 December 2017
Last reviewed 1 December 2017

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