Moree Quilters rug up Moree Hospital’s new renal dialysis unit

THERE are quitters and then there are quilters – and Moree Quilters simply aren’t quitters.

Moree Quilters, a dedicated group of friends that combine their considerable talents to rock, run and applique designs and stitches to layers of exquisite one-off quilts, on Wednesday donated patients at Moree Hospital Renal Unit with quilts to keep warm and comfortable as cooler weather approaches.

Quilts, each with their own unique design, were given to patients to keep and use while on dialysis treatment at Moree Hospital’s brand-new, state-of-the-art renal unit.

Quilter Joy Schultz said the group donate quilts to Moree residents that might be going through tough times and for patients that need five-hour dialysis sessions, three days a week, a hand-made quilt provides welcome relief.

“It’s nice to donate something to our town, and everyone pitches in with materials and fabrics,” Joy said.

Nurses and quilters (From left) Narelle Davis, Gwen Young, Camilla Cutcliffe, Joy Schultz, Jenny Chomley, Peg Carter, Bev King, Sue Sirle, Jean Gall, Jodie Slack-Smith and (at front from right) Barbara Cosgrove, Marie Michell and Jenny Haynes.

“And it’s lovely to see the new renal unit and to see the quilts being used by the patients.”

Moree Quilters have left their mark across Moree Plains Shire – and further afield.

Families lodging at Tamworth’s Ronald McDonald House are also looked after.

The group, which meets every Tuesday at the Masonic Hall on Heber Street, has been around since time immemorial.

One of their most treasured quilts hangs at Tourism Moree and features a number of Moree icons and landmarks.

The exquisite artwork was presented to the people of Moree in 2001 to commemorate the Centenary of Federation of Australia.

The new Moree Renal Unit was opened late last year – well ahead of schedule – and is equipped with three extra chairs and state-of-the-art equipment.

The roomier unit is now equipped with eight chairs as well as an isolation chair, essential for patients at risk of infection or who require private treatment, something not previously available in Moree.

The unit also allows visitors to Moree to access treatment.

Moree Quilters’ wonderful donation comes on the back of a $50,000 boost in December from Moree Renal Support Committee to help kit out the new unit.