A new family room at Willaura Hospital was officially unveiled at an afternoon tea last week.
The new family room (generously furnished by EGHS Willaura Auxiliary) offers kitchen facilities, television, reading lamps and a sofa bed for family members visiting patients from afar and has been well utilised since its recent opening.
The family room came to fruition after concerns were raised by the Nurse Unit Manager, Chris Jordan and other staff, that a gentlemen visiting his family member had resorted to sleeping in his car so he could remain close to his sick relative.
Peter Armstrong, acting CEO of East Grampians Health Service, declared the rooms officially open saying “The Community of Willaura is a very committed and passionate about this facility, the health service in Willaura is extremely important to the area and provides excellent nursing care to its patients and residents”.
In addition to the Family Room, the Day Centre received significant renovation and a larger area has now been made for available for allied health services at Willaura which includes a dedicated physio room.
The first stage of a substantial redevelopment of the Willaura Hospital including Parklands residential facility is earmarked to start later in the year with some funding already committed by both Government & EGHS.
Pictured above (L-R): Judy Paterson (EGHS Willaura Auxiliary), Peter Armstrong, Christine Jordan and Stuart Kerr of EGHS