Al­most open ‘hos­pi­tal’

Years of lob­by­ing pay off

The Northern Star - - NEWS - SU­SANNA FREYMARK

AT THE pub­lic open day, Kyo­gle mayor Danielle Mulholland raised an im­por­tant is­sue at the new Bon­albo Multi Pur­pose Ser­vice.

“What is the op­er­at­ing bud­get?” Cr Mulholland said. “How will they fund it?”

Her ques­tions were di­rected at the State Gov­ern­ment.

No longer called a hos­pi­tal, but a Multi Pur­pose Ser­vice, the Bon­albo fa­cil­ity was larger than HealthOne at Co­raki.

Kyo­gle Coun­cil, for­mer MPs, in­clud­ing Janelle Saf­fin, and the com­mu­nity group Save Our Ser­vice lob­bied hard for six years to make sure Bon­albo re­tained a hos­pi­tal.

“We will run a GP clinic for non ur­gent cases,” nurse man­ager Ch­eryl Du­cat said.

For 30 years she has cared for the Bon­albo com­mu­nity and this week will move into the new fa­cil­ity.

Aged Care fa­cil­ity Ca­roona also moves into the new build­ing where a “home-like” en­vi­ron­ment has been cre­ated Ms Du­cat said.

“We will be able to do life sav­ing pro­ce­dures when a doc­tor is not avail­able,” she said. “Spe­cial­ist nurses will have a video link to a doc­tor at Lis­more Base Hos­pi­tal,” she said.

They can cover most med­i­cal needs ex­cept de­liv­ery of ba­bies, she said.

“We ser­vice the ru­ral hin­ter­land of more than 4000 peo­ple,” Ms Du­cat said.

The cur­rent ca­sual doc­tor, Dr Su­nil was leav­ing and a more per­ma­nent doc­tor – or two was sought.

Only stage one of the fa­cil­ity is com­plete, the next stage in­cludes an am­bu­lance bay and morgue.

“We won’t be of­fi­cially open un­til there is an overnight pa­tient and a doc­tor here,” SOS mem­ber Lance Kirkley said.

SOS mem­bers Jeanette Flana­gan and Jenny Clarke said they won’t cel­e­brate un­til then

“This is for our kids and grand­kids,” Ms Clarke said.

Photo: Su­sanna Freymark

OPEN DAY: At the new Bon­albo Multi Pur­pose Ser­vice with politi­cians, staff and mem­bers of the com­mit­tee Save Our Ser­vice who fought to have a hos­pi­tal in Bon­albo.

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