New gear for Whitbourne, Placentia facilities
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.
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.