Health residential work underway
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.