St George premiership winner happy to help hospital and medical centre

HELP: Oberon Hospital manager Alexandria Woods, nurse manager Karen Mathews, Ken Maddison and Dr Ayngkaran.
HELP: Oberon Hospital manager Alexandria Woods, nurse manager Karen Mathews, Ken Maddison and Dr Ayngkaran.

FORMER St George Dragon and Cronulla Shark Ken Maddison, who now lives in Oberon, has donated protective masks and clothing to Oberon Multi Purpose Service and Oberon Medical Centre to ease the pressure for medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oberon Medical Centre's Dr Ayngkaran said staff appreciated the kind donation.

"We could not get supplies of the protective masks and clothing. They were in short supply and most stocks were going to COVID-19 clinics," Dr Ayngkaran said.

HAPPY: Ken Maddison and Dr Ayngkaran with staff at Oberon Medical Centre and donated masks and protective clothing.

HAPPY: Ken Maddison and Dr Ayngkaran with staff at Oberon Medical Centre and donated masks and protective clothing.

"The protective suits are very expensive and we desperately needed them."

Dr Ayngkaran said Mr Maddison had access to these products and he was happy to donate to the Oberon community to help everyone through the pandemic.

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Mr Maddison played in what was then the NSW Rugby League premiership in the 1960s and 1970s.

He played for the St George Dragons from 1965 to 1971, featuring in the 1966 grand final-winning side, and played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (who he captained) from 1972 to 1975.

He was also a state and national representative, playing four Tests for Australia in 1973.

Dr Ayngkaran also said the medical centre has a full supply of flu vaccines and encourages anyone with respiratory symptoms to phone before presenting to the centre.