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100th birthday won’t wait for COVID

Centenarian Muriel Bettes marks her 100th birthday from the comfort of home. Photo: Supplied.

Turning 100 is no small feat, just ask Muriel Bettes.

Instead of celebrating the milestone in isolation, the much-loved Balnarring great-great-grandmother – born in 1920 – marked the occasion in her home. Here, family and friends were able to deliver their wishes to her doorstep, by phone, or (for a select few, due to the restrictions) in person. This celebration was all thanks to our Hospital in the Home (HITH) Unit.

“To be able to enjoy the day with those who I love the most, simply meant the world,” says Muriel.

“Even though glass separated me from many of those who dropped by, it was really wonderful to have that opportunity by being home.”

“We offer treatment and equipment at no cost to the patient, providing a safe, personal and effective alternative to treatment in hospital,” says HITH registered nurse Leanne Field.

“My colleague Chantal visited her on her special day to give her a bouquet of flowers and a card from all of the team at HITH – she was so proud to show off her Letter from the Queen and Prime Minister.”

Join all of us here at Peninsula Health in wishing Muriel a very happy and healthy 100th Birthday.