Rotary Lodge has welcomed its 100th guest.
The Lodge, which is managed by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation, offers low-cost accommodation for rural residents and carers who need hospital treatment in Bundaberg.
Bill Spencer from Eidsvold, was the 100th guest, when he stayed at the Lodge last week.
“This is the fourth time I’ve needed to use the Lodge and it’s just fantastic,’’ Mr Spencer said.
“It’s very homely and very close to the hospital which is just what I needed when my wife was an inpatient at Bundaberg Hospital,’’ he said.
The Lodge at 116 Woongarra Street, Bundaberg, means patients and their carers no longer need to use motels at hefty prices when they require treatment.
“I’m very grateful that it’s open, us rural folk who come to Bundaberg for treatment have been needing something like this for a long time, it’s just wonderful,’’ he said.
Since it opened in mid-March someone from every community able to use it, from Agnes Water to the North Burnett, Gin Gin and Childers, has stayed at the lodge.
The top three users so far have been 21 from Monto, followed by 15 from Gayndah and 14 from Mundubbera. There have even been patients or carers from as far as Brisbane, Western Australia and even France.
Foundation chairman Janet Tallon said public and private patients using medical services at either Bundaberg Hospital, the Mater Misericordiae or Friendly Society Private Hospital and their escorts were welcome at Rotary Lodge.
Patients who are eligible for the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS) payment of $30, those living more than 50km from Bundaberg Hospital, will only be asked to contribute an additional $10 to cover the cost of cleaning services.
Those patients or carers who do not receive the $30 PTSS will be required to pay $40 per person.
The home is just 550m walking distance to the Bundaberg Hospital, it is fully air-conditioned with five lockable rooms (two single beds in each room), and offers shared dining, kitchen, lounge and family/children areas, two separate toilets, two bathrooms.
To ensure the ongoing success of this house, the Foundation also has launched a major capital fundraising campaign. Cash donations over $2 will be tax deductible.
For further information on the Lodge or booking telephone the Foundation on 4150 2863.