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Six bed extension at Moura hospital

An ambulance waits outside Moura Hospital.  Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph
An ambulance waits outside Moura Hospital. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph Andrew Thorpe

THE MOURA Hospital Auxiliary and Community Advisory called to the Aged Care Minister, Ken Wyatt, on Tuesday on the need for a six bed extension at the Moura Community Hospital.

Kris Jones called to Ken Wyatt and said there is a strong need for more beds in the Moura community.

"The problem we are having is our two in-patient beds are being taken up by those who need aged-care and can't access it as there are no spaces,” Kris said.

Kris explained Moura sustains a successful Retirement Village with 14 low care unit that was lobbied by the community group.

"The village has been volunteer run for past 25 years and it has been running really well,” Kris said.

"But what we absolutely need is the next step after when we can't look after them.

To care for our community to the end of life.”

Kris explained the beds would be for respite and high care needs.

"There will be a little bit of flexibility of what beds we need for the community,” Kris said.

"There isn't going to be 20 people in there but it will be importantly for people to be able t stay near and dear to their loved ones.

"So they don't have to move away and leave their home towns and their families.”

The project is only in early stages and group president, Kris Jones said they have high hopes.

"The community is not afraid to put their hand up and make this happen,” she said.

Topics:  aged care ken o'dowd ken wyatt


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