Cooking up a storm in new facilities
Cobram District Hospital’s kitchen staff will not know themselves soon with an upgrade in the near future.
The hospital has received a Regional Health Infrastructure Fund grant of $930 000, Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp announced last week.
The money will help upgrade the hospital’s kitchen, as well as flooring, painting, plumbing and electrical work.
Health chair Dale Brooks said the hospital was grateful for the funding, which follows Irvin House receiving $1.62 million for a makeover in September.
‘‘On behalf of the board of Cobram District Health, we are delighted that our health service has received a substantial investment of $930 867 from the government for the upgrade of our kitchen and heating and cooling,’’ he said.
Mr Brooks said the news had brought a lot of joy to kitchen staff, with the facilities in need of improvement.
‘‘The announcement of the grant is wonderful news for Cobram District Health since the kitchen facilities have needed considerable upgrade since they were originally designed many years ago,’’ he said.
‘‘Many of our hardworking staff who produce quality meals every day at the hospital in our environmental services and domestic services have worked in difficult circumstances in the kitchen with aged infrastructure and crowded conditions.’’
He said the revamp would essentially replace the 1980s equipment, which was clunky and heavy, with new systems and would provide an open kitchen space, allowing for faster food production.
Kitchen worker Rosa Sorrenti said the good news was music to the staff’s ears.
‘‘It’s really congested at the moment because Irvin House’s kitchen staff are also working out of here,’’ she said.
‘‘We have five girls on the go and it’s pretty crowded, you’ve always got to be on your guard to make sure you’re not bumping into other workers and there’s also not much bench space.’’
Mr Brooks believed the changes would allow the hospital to live up to its reputation and improve further.
‘‘Cobram has enjoyed a good reputation for the quality and diversity of the meals provided, which is a credit to the dedication and hard work of our kitchen and environmental services,’’ he said.
‘‘Therefore, we are genuinely pleased that the new facilities will go a long way to ensure that Cobram District Health continues to provide excellent food to our patients.’’
Mr Brooks said the board appreciated what chief executive Jacque Phillips and all the staff involved had done in the drafting and success of the grant application.
The $250 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is designed to rebuild regional and rural health services to make sure Victorians have access the high-quality care and facilities.
Upgrade welcomed: Cobram hospital kitchen staff Tukky Tweedle, Debbie Lowrie, Rosa Sorrenti with Cobram District Health chair Dale Brooks.