Box Hill Hospital’s brand new kiosk is now open, marking a significant milestone in its 45 year history.
First opening in September 1969, the kiosk is run by auxiliary members who volunteer their time to serve patients, visitors and staff while raising funds for the hospital.
As part of the hospital’s redevelopment, the kiosk has moved to a much larger location within Building B, providing volunteers with a brand new environment to work in.
"The kiosk auxiliary was formed with 60 members who worked on a roster to provide refreshments, sweets, flowers and other items. They also ran a mobile trolley service for patients," Ms Anne Gribbin, Director of the Eastern Health Foundation said.
"This new area will provide our volunteers with more space and improved facilities to continue to provide an excellent service," Ms Gribbin said.
In its first year of operation, the kiosk raised $4600 for Box Hill Hospital. Since then, the kiosk has raised more than $5.7 million.
Today, the kiosk is run by 70 volunteers with the support of a full-time supervisor. In 2014, funds raised from sales were used to purchase 40 separate pieces of equipment for 13 departments across the hospital.
"Some of the items purchased over the years include a cooling system, wheelchairs, microscopes and a thermacot for the maternity unit. These purchases have had lasting benefits for our patients over many years," Ms Gribbin said.
"Many of the current volunteers have worked in the kiosk for more than 10 years and in some cases, continue their family’s tradition of volunteering for the hospital."