Oct 19
Caring staff and Carers count

​An Award winning artist, Isobel Wilkinson recently donated one of her paintings to the Surgical Ward at Bathurst Hospital in thanks for fantastic treatment.

Mrs Wilkinson’s husband, Peter, said he was thoroughly impressed with the treatment his wife received.

"Bathurst Hospital restored my faith in Australian medicine; it’s filled with caring people who went to the limits to help my wife," said Mr Wilkinson.

"We’ll never forget the kindness showed to us."

The donated painting depicting poppies will hang proudly in the Surgical Ward for all to enjoy.

Mrs Wilkinson was a top ten finalist in the Bald Archy Prize for her caricature of Sunrise’s David ‘Kochie’ Koch and toured her artwork around NSW.

Nurse Unit Manager, Catherine Poschich said the generous gesture was appreciated by staff.

"Staff on the ward provide the highest level of care to patients during their hospitalisation. It is always rewarding to see patients progress and the difference the care we provide can make in people’s lives. We are committed to achieving the best outcomes for people using our service, and support their family and carers during this process".

Isobel and Peter Wilkinson have been together forty years. Mr Wilkinson had been his wife’s carer for a year prior to her hospitalisation. Now 82, Mr Wilkinson, made the decision to get his wife professional care after she came out of hospital.

He was one of the 2.8 million family and friend carers in Australia providing 36 million hours of care and support every week to a family member or friend who has a disability, chronic condition, terminal illness, is frail, or has a mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency.

National Carers Week (15-21 October) is an opportunity to raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.

Carers count and make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy but you don’t need to be a carer to be part of National Carers Week. If you would like to get involved in this year’s campaign visit www.carersweek.com.au.