An art print in Dunedin Hospital has been ''obliterated''
by vending machines ''plonked'' either side, art advisory
committee acting chairwoman Barbara Brinsley says.
Mrs Brinsley has been raising concerns for the past couple of
weeks with the Southern District Health Board over its
attempts to find a place for two new vending machines.
Dunedin Hospital oncologist Dr David Perez shared Mrs
Brinsley's concerns, saying the art collection was a
distinctive feature of Dunedin Hospital.
Hospital art helped people through troubling times. The print
was ''sandwiched'' by the vending machines.
''We need to preserve the quality of the display,'' Dr Perez
Earlier this month, the board advised it was putting the
machines in the main hospital foyer, and a Philippa Blair
work would be shifted to accommodate them. When Mrs Brinsley
complained, they were placed in the entranceway to oncology
Last week, Mrs Brinsley discovered one of the machines was in
front of the print, completely obscuring it. She complained,
and the machine was moved, but now the pair sat either side
of the print.
While she admitted the print was not the most illustrious
item in the hospital's significant collection, the ''lack of
respect'' for it was ''very distressing''.
It was effectively ''obliterated'' by the machines.
Mrs Brinsley saw no place for vending machines dispensing
soft drinks like Coca-Cola or unhealthy snack foods in a
hospital at all. Their proximity to oncology, and the
children's ward, made it especially unsuitable, given obesity
was a risk factor for cancer.
The board did not respond to requests for access to the site
to take a photograph.
Responding by email, patient services executive director
Lexie O'Shea said while Coca-Cola was available, there were
plenty of other options.
''These machines have a range of food and drink, including
healthy options . . . The machines are required to ensure
that the public and staff have good access to food after
''Most of the [new] machines replaced existing ones. However,
a small number are new machines where we are working to
ensure that they are placed in a suitable location, and where
there is good access to them.''
She did not respond to questions about whether the machines
were appropriately placed. Communications director Steve
Addison did not return calls.eileen.