Port Macquarie’s Rotary Lodge has been a vital facility providing accommodation for patients who are undergoing treatment at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and their relatives and carers.
For the past 20 years, the accommodation buildings adjacent to the hospital have been built in stages utliising funds predominately raised by community donations.
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie and Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker today announced the success of Rotary’s funding application seeking $7,000 under the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities programme to upgrade Rotary Lodge’s upstairs communal kitchen.
“As a medical specialist prior to entering Parliament, I am well aware of how important this wonderful facility is. Patients and their families receiving treatments at the Cancer Centre and relatives of surgical patients and Accident and Emergency admissions usually live some distance away and so Rotary Lodge is essentially a home away from home,” Dr Gillespie said.
“The renovation of the existing communal kitchen will ensure that clients are able to regularly prepare suitable meals rather than rely on take away or frozen meals. The design of the renovated kitchen includes many features that will assist those who have mobility issues including easy wheelchair access to the toasters and microwaves in addition to more space around all of the facilities and storage areas.”
Mr Hartsuyker said the renovated kitchen would provide an excellent opportunity for communal dinners which can be hosted by the many community groups who support patients, relatives and carers.
“Port Macquarie is a leader in creating dementia friendly communities and the renovated kitchen has been designed following consultation with the Dementia Friendly Community Project Officer,” Mr Hartsuyker said.