Community Health building marks milestone

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Darling Downs Health Chief Executive Annette Scott with Board Members in Murgon

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More than 600 episodes of care have been provided in the recently refurbished Community Health Building located on the Murgon Hospital site.

The building refurbishment was made possible thanks to a significant $250,000 donation from local resident Col Pearen on behalf of his family, as well as support from the Murgon Hospital Auxiliary and other community groups.

The upgrades to the former staff quarters have enabled the building to be a local hub for services like allied health and other visiting medical professionals, as well as providing community health services including child health and the Community Hospital Interface Program (CHIP) nurse.

“This building is a wonderful addition to the services we provide at the Murgon Hospital, and it is proving to be a real asset to the community,” Acting Director of Nursing at Murgon Hospital Devi Dobe said.

“We are using it as a meeting space as well. It has really brought the staff together with a common place to gather.”

Previously the services provided out of the current building were in the town centre, away from the hospital.

The impact of the Community Health Building, which opened in November last year, was shared with Darling Downs Health Board members yesterday when they visited the Murgon facility.

Every second month the health service Board meets in a rural facility with a commitment to meet and hear from staff and local residents.

“It is wonderful to hear how this building, and the many healthcare services available in Murgon, are having such a positive impact on this community,”

Darling Downs Health Board Chair Mr Mike Horan AM

“This visit was also an opportunity to meet and say thank you to the community organisations that support the wonderful work of our staff.

“Members of the Murgon Hospital Auxiliary are tireless in their support and commitment to this facility. They are passionate about their hospital and the important health care services, including palliative care, it provides. Their commitments do not go unnoticed and demonstrate the generosity and spirit of our rural communities.”

During their visit to the South Burnett, the Board also toured the Cherbourg Hospital and met with community members and local councillors.