22 June 2011
COMMUNITY VIEWS TO INFORM NEW HOSPITAL
Bendigo Health is set to undertake another phase of consultation with the community to collect their views about the New Bendigo Hospital project at community information sessions on June 28 (between 4.30 and 8pm).
The informal session will be held at La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre (121 View Street, Bendigo) and provide an opportunity for the community to ask questions and also discuss any ideas for the new hospital project. Short presentations will also take place on the hour at 5, 6 and 7pm.
Bendigo Health executive director New Bendigo Hospital David Walker said that involvement of the community in the planning and development of the New Bendigo Hospital is essential to ensure that the project delivers the best possible facilities and services for Bendigo and regional communities.
“Early planning for this project included community consultation as part of an overall communication process, to provide a perspective different to that of staff on the project team,” he said.
The purpose of the informal community information sessions is to provide an information and discussion forum for local community members and interest groups and to provide a structure for community views to be communicated.
“We are planning for a new, state of the art hospital, to meet the region’s future health needs. Constructive dialogue with the community is an important part of the process.
“An online forum has been developed to allow those who are not able to attend the sessions to contribute their ideas.
“Staff and community consultations will enrich the planning process,” he said.
Community members can also obtain up-to-date information about the project by visiting the New Bendigo Hospital website http://www.newbendigohospital.org.au, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 NBH BGO/ 1300 624 246.