AUXILIARY NOTES: Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary helping to take care of patients

The Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary purchases many types of equipment each year that helps save the lives of our patients. In this present fiscal year, we have purchased three scopes for the surgical out-patient department. Each one costs about $20,000. The scopes last a long time because they are looked after so well by all the staff who come in contact with them, but the new ones replaced some that were 12 to 15 years old and could no longer be repaired.

Surgical scopes are made of flexible materials and many have cameras attached to them in order for the doctors to get a clear picture of the area that is being examined.

The minor procedures done by scopes can be done on an out-patient basis, saving time for all involved.

Doctors use scopes for numerous reasons, but one of the most important is the early detection of abnormalities. This means patients can get faster care and lives are saved, because problems are diagnosed earlier.

On Feb. 11, the Aquarius group is hosting a jewelry sale in the hospital cafeteria from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. These items make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that special person.

There will be a huge selection of gold, silver and costume jewelry. There will be designer items made in Denmark and 5th Avenue Jewelry. All funds raised are donated to the Auxiliary.

The gift shop in the hospital lobby is always receiving new items. Clothing, handbags and scarves and small gift items for spring are arriving each week.

Spring flowers are being put in the cooler by our flower power group. What better way to celebrate the end of winter than with some fresh flowers? They bring joy to everyone.

The Superfluity Shop on Prospect Avenue is bursting with new items for Valentine’s Day. They have all manner of gifts as well as clothing which arrives daily. The boutique is a treasure trove with everything for the fashionista in the family.

The Auxiliary is always looking for new members. We need volunteers with cashier experience for the two retail shops.

Volunteer shifts are flexible, with a minimum commitment of one four-hour shift per week.

Men are also needed to help at the Superfluity Shop.

Pick up a membership package at the information desk at the hospital or at the Superfluity Shop (located at 15163 Prospect Ave.) or on our website at www.pahas.ca. We can be reached on Facebook, at Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary.

Felicity Matthews writes monthly on behalf of the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary.

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