Julia Keogh, Peter Gillies, Jim Westerman, David Keenan, Anita Bolton, Craig Sadler and Donna Lucas.
Julia Keogh, Peter Gillies, Jim Westerman, David Keenan, Anita Bolton, Craig Sadler and Donna Lucas. Contributed

Warwick Hospital group out to improve our health

A GREATER community involvement is at the forefront of the Warwick Hospital's future plans, with the unveiling of a new community advisory group.

The new group held their first meeting last week after years of being disbanded.

Warwick Hospital director of nursing Anita Bolton said a lot of positives came out of the first gathering.

"I was delighted the first meeting included consumer, chamber of commerce, council, church and business representatives,” Ms Bolton said.

"We talked about hoping to have a primary health nurse at these meetings and the growth of Warwick in general terms of the type of population.

"We also looked at education opportunities, potential ways of fundraising and key community health issues.”

Ms Bolton said a community-minded focus was a key component of the group.

"The purpose is to provide ongoing operational support and continuing the development of Warwick Hospital,” she said.

"This will be a conduit for the communities concerns, opportunities and views on various health matters.

"Participants can provide input and feedback with aim of providing health care within the community to promote information sharing amongst members, the broader community and the DDHHS.”

The group will meet bi-monthly, with the potential to increase meetings to once-a-month.

"It is important to have consumers on the board, as they are people who come into the hospital and use the services we provide, and they can give feedback on any improvements we can use in that area,” Ms Bolton said.

"It looks at how we can work with other departments and service providers to improve the health of Warwick.”



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