Having somewhere safe and close to medical facilities is very important for Kristy Edmonds who is awaiting the birth of her second child.
Rotary Lodge, on-site at BundabergHospital, is the perfect home-away-from-home for patients and carers who are seeking medical treatment and supporting loved ones.
Kristy, from Gayndah, arrived on July 14 and will stay until the birth of her child, expected on July 28.
Managed by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation, July marks the first anniversary of the Lodge being within the BundabergHospital campus and it is evident by the numbers who have stayed that the Lodge is an important part of the health infrastructure.
The Lodge, which was formerly at leased premises in Woongarra Street, has welcomed 2643 guests since opening its doors four years ago.
And numbers have significantly increased since moving to the hospital campus with 1200 people staying since July last year a rise of 25% compared to 730 for the same period the previous year.
The Foundation manages the five-bedroom Lodge with support from the WideBayHospital and Health Service.
Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the home offered low cost accommodation for carers, family members and those patients requiring ongoing medical treatment at the BundabergHospital, the Mater and Friendly Society Private hospitals. There also has been an increased number of patients using the new Oceana Oncology Unit.
“The Lodge has received incredible support from local Rotary Clubs, community groups, individuals and also the North Burnett Regional Council who recently donated another $10,000 which we are so grateful to receive,’’ she said.
“It’s wonderful being a part of the Lodge which has improved the circumstances of so many people who are ill or injured, giving birth, undergoing life-saving treatment and those supporting their loved ones in hospital,’’ Ms Burnet said.
“In May we had our record month with an incredible 190 coming through the doors and the birth of five beautiful babies.’’
“The guests are our best advertisement with the testimonials speaking highly of the need for this facility. A gentleman, who became a first time dad, left this week describing it as a five star home. Having been here two weeks in the lead-up to his partner giving birth, he was very grateful for the comfort and convenience.’’
Patients requiring accommodation, who are not eligible for the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme pay just $40 per person or $60 a double, which is considerably less than a motel.
Figures from March 2014-July 2015:
Other places 557
Agnes Water 234
Gin Gin 59
Mt Perry 33