The major focus of the Yorke Peninsula Health Advisory Council (YPHAC) this quarter has been negotiations between the YPHAC, the Maitland Hospital and the District Council regarding the upgrading of the garden area at the front of the Hospital. This includes the Council upgrading the footpath area which will make it not only aesthetically more pleasing, but safer for the pedestrians. Work is in progress and already the area looks much improved.
The process was undertaken by the YPHAC, and in particular Helen Tucker, when community members raised their concerns about the appearance of the hospital. This project is being funded by YPHAC from funds received through donations from the community.
Collaboration between the Maitland Area School and the Maitland Hospital has seen students assisting with some of the roles in the garden, working with the local garden club and hospital staff.
Are you aware that donations can be received by Maitland IGA for the garden project? The Maitland Hospital front garden is one choice for your reward points to be allocated, which will result in those funds going directly into a service area we all need.
Of course we are also happy to accept donations toward this project. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. Contact details of YPHAC members are listed here.
Community forums have been scheduled for the first quarter of the year in Yorktown and Maitland. Concerns raised by Community members at the Yorketown forum has resulted in a guest speaker, Jarrod Schmitke, Team Leader for Yorke Peninsula Mental Health speaking at a forum in Maitland on 11 May to address those community concerns. Unfortunately the speaker was unable to attend the April forum, so we look forward to our speaker in May.
The other topic raised at the Yorketown Community forum, was the value of the Community Bus, and the role of YP Transport in general. Nice to hear a ‘good news’ story!
The HAC has been kept up to date with developments in the Renal Unit at the Maitland Hospital, which is progressing well and will hopefully be opened later this year. This will increase the dialysis chairs from two to four and will greatly improve service delivery not only to local clients, but those wishing to use the facility while on holidays in the area.