Brightening day for patients

By Laura Briggs

The hearts of Shepparton dialysis patients have been warmed with thoughtful gestures and colourful quilts.

Goulburn Valley Quilters has donated specially made quilts to the dialysis patients of Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton to bring colour and warmth to the ward.

GV Health dialysis patient Lyn Starritt was among those who received a quilt from the group. She said herself and the patients from the ward appreciated the kind gesture.

‘‘There’s a lot of work that goes into them and it just brightens up the unit,’’ she said.

‘‘It gives us a lift.’’

GV Health nurse unit manager Natalie Sheehan said patients who had experienced renal failure were required to attend dialysis at least three days each week.

She said one dialysis session could take anywhere between four to eight hours and was a life-long process that must be continued regularly.

‘‘One of the issues with renal failure is that your body can no longer actually regulate your body temperature and keep your core temperature high, so most dialysis patients have a lower body temperature than the average person that has functioning kidneys,’’ she said.

Patients from the ward were thankful for the thoughtfulness shown in providing them with warm quilts to make the dialysis process more comfortable.

GV Quilter member Gael Thompson said the community-focused club took pleasure in designing, making and donating quilts.

‘‘It’s good to be able to make quilts and give them to people who really need them,’’ she said.

‘‘If you look around, it just makes it much more cheerful while they’re here.’’

Ms Thompson said it gave her a warm feeling to deliver the quilts and see the ward brightened up with the vibrant colours and designs.