New gear for Whit­bourne, Pla­cen­tia fa­cil­i­ties

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON editor@CBN­com­pass.ca

The province ear­lier this month an­nounced what equip­ment will be re­placed this year at health-care fa­cil­i­ties in Whit­bourne and Pla­cen­tia.

At the Dr. Wil­liam H. Newhook Health Cen­tre in Whit­bourne, a new x-ray ma­chine will be pur­chased at a cost of ap­prox­i­mately $600,000. The province will spend $150,000 on re­place­ment beds and bath­tubs for long-term care and a washer at the Pla­cen­tia Health Care Cen­tre.

“Ev­ery year, gov­ern­ment has to (make) a con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment to keep the fa­cil­i­ties up to date and keep the equip­ment up to date,” Pla­cen­tia-St. Mary’s MHA Felix Collins told The Com­pass fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, made at the health cen­tre in Whit­bourne.

Whit­bourne Mayor Hilda Whalen warmly wel­comed news of the spend­ing in her com­mu­nity, not­ing there have been times when res­i­dents have won­dered whether they’d even be able to con­tinue to make use of such ser­vices in the town.

“It was just a short while ago I re­mem­ber we (heard) talk of los­ing our clinic. This up­grade and in­vest­ment helps as­sure us of the con­tin­ued de­liv­ery of qual­ity ser­vices to our cit­i­zens.”

High­light­ing the com­mu­nity’s close prox­im­ity to the Trans Canada High­way, Whalen said it makes sense to in­vest in the Whit­bourne health-care fa­cil­ity. With the re­cent clo­sure of a doc­tor’s of­fice in New Har­bour, more peo­ple are com­ing to Whit­bourne to seek med­i­cal opin­ions, ac­cord­ing to the mayor.

Pla­cen­tia Mayor Wayne Power was also present for the an­nounce­ment.

“The avail­abil­ity of qual­ity health-care ser­vices is cer­tainly an im­por­tant as­pect of our com­mu­ni­ties, and it’s im­por­tant that our res­i­dents are able to seek care di­rectly within their own com­mu­nity, and also an im­por­tant tool in be­ing able to at­tract new res­i­dents and be able to grow our com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

PHOTO BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

The Dr. Wil­liam H. Newhook Health Cen­tre in Whit­bourne is get­ting a new x-ray ma­chine that will cost the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment ap­prox­i­mately $600,000.

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