$2.6 mil­lion spent on new pri­mary health hub in Miles

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THREE per­ma­nent on-site doc­tors will be the main draw­card at the new state-of-the-art pri­mary health hub that of­fi­cially opened at Miles Hos­pi­tal on Fri­day.

The $2.6 mil­lion hos­pi­tal up­grade has also pro­vided new of­fices for staff, as well as ac­com­mo­da­tion for more than 50 vis­i­tors each week.

The new ac­com­mo­da­tion has al­ready been hailed a suc­cess, with director of nurs­ing Erica Fletcher say­ing the new rooms were at­tract­ing praise from vis­i­tors.

“It has been fully booked from the start,” Ms Fletcher said.

“A real ben­e­fit is that some of the big­gest users of ac­com­mo­da­tion are stu­dents and it’s be­come a draw­card for the TAFE and uni­ver­sity stu­dents con­sid­er­ing work­ing out here in the coun­try.

“They know they will be well looked after, and that is at­tract­ing peo­ple to Miles Hos­pi­tal.”

Ms Fletcher high­lighted the ded­i­cated spa­ces in the new fa­cil­ity for es­sen­tial health ser­vices as an im­por­tant ben­e­fit of the up­grade.

“It’s been a huge plus for the com­mu­nity be­cause we now have a phys­io­ther­a­pist and child health room and large con­fer­ence room on site,” she said.

“The con­fer­ence room has the digital re­sources to un­der­take ed­u­ca­tion via video con­fer­ence, which means that staff will not need to travel as much, which is good for safety.

“We feel very for­tu­nate that Miles Hos­pi­tal has been the re­cip­i­ent of these great new fa­cil­i­ties.”

State Min­is­ter for Health and Am­bu­lance Ser­vices Cameron Dick said the new fa­cil­ity would be a great ben­e­fit to Miles res­i­dents and the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity.

“The ac­com­mo­da­tion fea­tures eight mod­ern units that will be used by clin­i­cians vis­it­ing Miles to pro­vide a range of health ser­vices, while the pri­mary health hub is equipped with a large con­fer­ence room to fa­cil­i­tate train­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and meet­ings,” Mr Dick said.

“It’s great news for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and lo­cal staff to have these newly built state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties.

“I com­mend the team for all the plan­ning ef­forts put in to bring these im­por­tant com­mu­nity projects to fruition.”

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