Kincardine auxiliary forced to replace hospital television sets


By Barb McKay


The Kincardine Hospital Auxiliary has discovered that it has to replace television sets for patient rooms that it purchased just three years ago.


The auxiliary shelled out thousands of dollars in 2010 and 2011 on approximately a dozen new sets for inpatient rooms at the Kincardine hospital. The sets are purchased with funds raised through rental fees for the sets and through donations.


The auxiliary learned at its annual meeting, held last Wednesday, that six of the sets are not working properly. Jean Colling, convenor of the patient television rental committee, said she had contacted the manufacturer, Hospitality Network, and was told that the television sets, manufactured in 2009, are now obsolete and cannot be repaired. The sets cost roughly $850 and did not come with a warranty. The replacement cost for each television set will be similar. There are no other companies in Canada that manufacture the hospital entertainment equipment.


Colling said the sets that are not functioning will be replaced right away and others will be purchased as needed.


“It’s important that we do this because we need to keep our patients happy; it’s our patients who fund this,” said auxiliary member Anne Nicolson. “We really have no choice.”