Hospital repair work under way

Some areas of the roof at Millicent and District Hospital are currently being repaired as part of planned minor maintenance works. Executive officer and nursing director Michelle de Wit said the upgrade would ensure the hospital could continue to operate at the highest standards. “The work is being undertaken by a local plumbing service at one end of the acute ward and involves lifting sections of new roofing onto the hospital,” Ms de Wit said.

“There is no disruption to patient care or health services and we will continue to operate as normal. This is an exciting time as these works are essential in ensuring the ongoing delivery of high-quality care. “The repair works are costing approximately $26,000 and are part of the minor works budget for the Limestone Coast Local Health Network.”

In other news, it is understood an open day at Millicent and District Hospital has been tentatively scheduled for October 24. The Millicent and District Health Advisory Council is looking to repeat the success of the last venture in 2019 when hundreds walked through the grounds, wards and operating theatres.

There were food and other stalls and eye-catching stunts performed by Member for MacKillop Nick McBride and local nurses and other hospital staff. The 2019 open day was also the start and finish point for a fun run staged by Millicent Runners. No such open day could be held in 2020 on account of COVID protocols.

The October 24 date has been earmarked as it coincides with the annual Millicent basketball tournament which brings hundreds of junior competitors to town. Meanwhile, local authorities are understood to be again looking to invite Health Minister Stephen Wade to Millicent and District Hospital.

A motion to this effect was passed at the 2019 annual general meeting of the Millicent and District Health Advisory Council. The meeting was told by a community member the last health minister to visit Millicent was Labour’s Jack Snelling in early-2013. He went on an hour-long tour after he had just changed portfolios from treasury to health.

Mr Snelling’s four immediate predecessors in the role (Labor MPs John Hill and Lea Stevens and Liberal MPs Dean Brown and Dr Michael Armitage) all had first-hand knowledge of Millicent Hospital. Between 1968-1970, the health minister was Liberal Upper House member Ren DeGaris of Millicent.

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