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A Welcoming Place – Turning the First Sod for Bourke Health Service Family Garden

16 December 2015

Last week community elder Heather Mieni and mum-to-be Juanita Knight joined together with Western NSW Local Health District Chief Executive Scott McLachlan to turn the first sod for the Bourke Health Service family garden.

The purpose of the g​arden will be to provide a peaceful setting for all families when visiting the mum and meeting the new baby.

Scott McLachlan said in the Health District community consultations over the past year it was highlighted by the community the importance for families to be able to welcome mothers and babies back to country after being discharged from the hospital.

“This garden will provide a nice place outdoors for people to come and enjoy family time,” he said. Planning for the landscape design is underway in consultation with the Bourke Hospital Auxiliary and Bourke Garden Club to make sure the right plants are chosen that will suit Bourke’s climate. If anyone is interested in helping out with the garden you can give Pat Canty a call at Bourke Health Service on 6870 8888.

Maternity care over Christmas

Over the Christmas – New Year time, if you need maternity care or have any concerns our midwife Teresa Siew will be around and you can reach her at the Bourke Hospital.

As Terese will be working different shifts over this time, it is best to contact the hospital to leave a message for her and she will get back to you. If there is an emergency please dial 000 or go directly to Bourke hospital.

Over Christmas, mums are advised to take care in eating well – Louise advises to avoid seafood such as prawns, soft cheeses and try to not drink any alcohol. With the hot weather happening, it is important for mums to keep well hydrated and drink lots of water.

Did you know

When travelling out of town for medial specialist appointments you can claim financial support through Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS). Contact your local GP, Community Health or ring 1800 ENABLE (1800 362 253) for more info.