Security bolstered during Millicent hospital upgrade

Security upgrades including CCTV cameras and swipe access cards have been part of a near $500,000 capital expenditure program at the Millicent and District Hospital in the past year.

The upgrades to Millicent Hospital over the past year include a new disability access bathroom, upgrades to cupboards and window furnishing, external lighting, installation of a new pressure reduction/prevention chair and a new infusion chair.

New carpet was laid at the hospital’s acute ward and, upgrades were made to flooring, shelving and point of care testing units in the high acuity room. These upgrades were funded through a combination of $446,000 in State Government investment and $12,200 in generous donations and fundraising from the community such as the Wattle Range Hospital Auxiliary.

A Limestone Coast Local Health Network (LCLHN) spokesperson said the upgrades were overseen by the Millicent Hospital Service Plan Working Group. “It consists of hospital and LCLHN staff, local clinicians, Wattle Range Council, Health Advisory Council, SA Ambulance Service, aged care and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community representatives,” the spokesperson said.

“The local community play an important role in supporting our health services and assisting our 150 staff to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of patients and their loved ones. “Over the past year, the group has made significant progress in providing positive outcomes and high-quality services for patients, staff and visitors at Millicent Hospital.

“As part of the group’s service planning for the Millicent community, a number of hospital upgrades were achieved. “We greatly appreciate the ongoing support from the community and each member who has contributed to these upgrades and helped to make a real difference to the care of our patients in the community.”

Meanwhile, in other Millicent Hospital news, nurses have been inoculating front-line emergency services personnel with the COVID vaccine. Among the recipients to receive the Pfizer “jab “has been Millicent police officer in charge Senior Sergeant First Class Rick Errington.

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