Three extra aged care beds for Kyogle Hospital
The number of beds available at the aged care facility at Kyogle hospital has been boosted by three to a total of 28 after federal funding for the facility was increased by $146,000 per year.
“This is a great announcement for Kyogle Hospital and the people of Kyogle,” federal member for Page Kevin Hogan said.
“We want this. We don’t want people who move into aged care facilities to have to move out of their local communities,” he said.
“Moving out of home and going into a facility is stressful enough for the elderly, but having to leave the local area and therefore their family, that makes it very stressful,” he said.
The total federal funding for the aged care facility this financial year will be $1.4 million with the extra spending.
“We have any aging population in our area so services like this are essential and a very important part of what governments should do,” he said.
Tom Fitzgerald was on the Kyogle Hospital Redevelopment committee and helped get a new hospital up and running in 2005. The redeveloped hospital had the capacity for 28 beds, so it was good the extra funding to make this happen after five more years of lobbying, he said.
“We want our elderly people to stay with us and mix with their own community,” he said.
The current facility had 28 aged care beds, 12 acute beds, three in accident and emergency and six general practitioners on site working seven days, so while “there was more to be done,... it is a big boost to what we had years ago,” he said.
The new beds will be operational from March 1.