Health res­i­den­tial work un­der­way

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Beech­worth Health Ser­vice board mem­ber Harry Thomas (left), res­i­den­tial care man­ager Kate Mar­shall, cor­po­rate ser­vices di­rec­tor Carolyn Shaw and chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Ashcroft on Monday wel­comed the start of re­fur­bish­ment works at The Aca­cias and Stringy­bark Lodge res­i­den­tial units. Twelve shared bath­rooms are to be­come 24 single bath­rooms for each res­i­dent’s pri­vate use as a re­sult of the works. Mr Ashcroft said res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies had en­cour­aged the health ser­vice to pro­vide pri­vate bath­rooms. “We have con­sulted ex­ten­sively on the de­sign of the bath­rooms with sig­nif­i­cant in­put from our con­sumer ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee to en­sure the ren­o­va­tions meet the needs of our res­i­dents now and into the fu­ture,” he said. The Vic­to­rian govern­ment made a $400,000 grant to­wards the cost of the works and the health ser­vice has contributed ad­di­tional fund­ing. The pro­jected cost of the re­fur­bish­ment will top $1 mil­lion. The build­ing com­po­nent is be­ing car­ried out by Wodonga-based Con­nelly Con­struc­tion Ser­vices. In the mean­time, the health ser­vice will open its ex­ten­sive cam­pus gar­dens on October 27 to cel­e­brate Vic­to­rian Se­niors’ Week. Cam­pus gar­dener Kel Clarke will lead a tour from 2pm.

PHOTO: Coral Cooksley

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