GAIL Austen presenting a $6600 cheque to Christine Pollock, Nurse Unit Manager of The Tweed Hospital?s renal unit.
GAIL Austen presenting a $6600 cheque to Christine Pollock, Nurse Unit Manager of The Tweed Hospital?s renal unit.

Dying woman?s wish honoured



DON'T waste your money on an expensive casket for me, do something more practical with your money."

That was the advice from Joan Austen of Tweed Heads as she neared the end of her life in June.

This week, Brisbane businesswoman Gail Austen heeded her mother's advice and made a donation of $6,600 to buy a blanket warmer for dialysis patients at The Tweed Hospital.

"It might sound like a strange piece of equipment in this climate," Ms Austen said after presenting her cheque. But sick and elderly patients tend to be quite thin and often feel very cold."

Mrs Austen's lengthy period of illness had included the necessity of kidney dialysis for the past five years, first on the Gold Coast and later at The Tweed Hospital.

In each case her main carers were Christine Pollock, now the Nurse Unit Manager of the hospital's renal unit, and registered nurse Sandra Landers.

"The wonderful treatment that mum received really enabled her to have a great quality of life - despite the problems," Gail Austin said.



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