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August 2018

site closures


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Gippsland Lakes Community Health wishes to advise that due to a major computer, phone and security upgrade, our normal operating hours at our Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance sites will be affected from THIS FRIDAY, 17 August to Monday 20 August.

Please note the following closures:

  • Our BAIRNSDALE site will be CLOSED from 12.30pm on Friday 17 August, reopening at 8.30am on Monday 20 August.
  • Our LAKES ENTRANCE site will be CLOSED from 6.30pm on Friday 17 August, reopening at 8.00am on Monday 20 August.

    Please note that this will affect communication and ALL weekend clinic based services. If you require emergency care, please call 000 or attend your closest accident and emergency service.

    Clients with scheduled home based services will not be affected and will be advised of any alternative communication arrangements over this period by the relevant provider.

    Anyone requiring family violence or Child FIRST support can call 5152 0013.

    We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Million dollar works to commence in Bairnsdale

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A multi-million dollar expansion of Gippsland Lakes Community Health’s (GLCH) Bairnsdale site will support local jobs, with CM and HM Banks Builders named as the successful tenderer.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Federal Government was providing $500,000 toward the upgrade at the McCulloch Street site in partnership with GLCH.

“Works will commence within the next few weeks to more than double the existing space at the premises,” Mr Chester said.

“The project will provide more meeting spaces and consulting rooms to support an additional 50 staff required to meet the growing demand for health, aged and social services in the region.

“I commend Gippsland Lakes Community Health on making this investment to support the needs of its community. In addition, I’m pleased GLCH has chosen a local builder to undertake the works and support local jobs at every opportunity.”

Chief Executive Officer Sue Medson said GLCH had recently employed additional staff in anticipation of the upgrade, with demand for services expected to require ongoing re-evaluation of the jobs required.

“The need for health services in this area is just growing so rapidly, particularly in supporting family violence and aged and disability. This expansion will mean we can have more staff on site, instead of commuting between several premises in Bairnsdale,” Ms Medson said.

“This expansion will allow us to better support the local community’s needs, to reduce waiting times, and make sure we can provide those additional services that are required.

The Federal Government is providing $500,000 from the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with GLCH sourcing additional funding and providing $500,000 of its own.

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Works are set to start on a major upgrade at the GLCH Bairnsdale site in McCulloch Street. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is pictured with Len Chapman and Patrick Carson from Slap Architects, GLCH CEO Sue Medson and Rob Soulsby and Chris Banks from CM and HM Banks Builders, which will undertake the works.

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Our Men’s Shed ‘Pay it forward’

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The men at our Men’s Shed in Lakes Entrance were the delighted recipients of a cheque for $3,000 last week, thanks to the generosity of the Metung Bloodhounds.

Bloodhounds’ members – Lou Moore, Louise O’Loughlin and Karin Liedke, met the group of men at their Shed in Jemmeson Street to officially deliver the cheque and take a tour of their shed.

The kind donation will allow the Shedders to purchase a much needed heating and cooling system for their shed.

To pay forward their good fortune, the men decided to donate a picnic table that they had recently handcrafted to the Metung Bloodhounds to use for their next fundraising project. How brilliant is that! To say the shed was bursting with kindness and community spirit at the time is understatement!

Our Men’s Shed is now in its 16th year. It provides a space for shedless blokes of all ages and backgrounds to socialise on a weekly basis and share their valuable skills and knowledge. The group meet Tuesdays at our Jemmeson Street site. To find out more about our Men’s Shed, contact our health promotion team on 5155 8300.

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