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Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board chairman Mike Horan and Cherbourg's oldest resident Eva Collins - mother of Council CEO Warren Collins - officially open the Palliative Care room

June 28, 2017

A $150,000 renovation at Cherbourg Hospital should prove priceless for families going through the saddest times of their lives.

The new Palliative Care room, located near the Men’s Ward, has been created to provide a more spacious area where families can gather to be with their loved one.

The refurbishment also includes a kitchenette and visitors’ lounge.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board chairman Mike Horan and Cherbourg’s oldest resident, Eva Collins, unveiled a plaque on Tuesday to mark the opening.

“It is only a $150,000 renovation but it is worth millions,” Mr Horan said.

“Providing culturally appropriate care is a key focus of the Board and we understand how important it can be to have family and friends close by at such a sad time, especially those who may have travelled considerable distances to pay their respects and provide support.

“The loss of a loved one is always a time of great sadness but we sincerely hope the new palliative care facilities go some way towards providing some much needed comfort at a difficult time.

“It’s also a more private facility, with entry either from inside the hospital, or via a separate entrance at the rear.”

The old Palliative Care room has been converted into an infection control area.

Mr Horan, and other members of the Health Board, were in Cherbourg to attend their monthly Board meeting – which meets alternately in Toowoomba and at rural hospitals throughout the health region.

“This is the third time we have had a Board meeting here and each time and every time we see the improvements at the hospital,” Mr Horan said.

He praised the leadership of Cherbourg Health Service Manager Tarita Fisher, as well as the Cherbourg Health Action Group who worked to get the Palliative Care room project going.

The official name for the new room is “Gaŋgai Waŋguŋ”, which means “Calling of Spirit”.

All Cherbourg councillors attended the opening ... from left, Cr Tom Langton, Deputy Mayor Elvie Sandow, Cr Alana Purcell (front), Mayor Arnold Murray and Cr James Saltner

Cherbourg Health Action Group member Gwendoline Fisher with Mischa Fisher, from Cherbourg Community Health

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board Deputy Chairman Dr Dennis Campbell with South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell

Cherbourg State School principal Anne Hess with Cherbourg Health Action Group member Aunty Grace Stanley, from Murgon

DDHHB Chairman Mike Horan with South Burnett councillors Cr Ros Heit, Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff and Cr Danita Potter

DDHHS Executive Director Rural Dr Martin Byrne, from Toowoomba; Cherbourg Health Service Manager Tarita Fisher, Murgon and Cherbourg Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Robyn Cooke, and DDHHS Executive Director Infrastructure Paul Clayton

Members of the Wakka Wakka Dancers performed to mark the occasion

Cherbourg Health Action Group members, from left, Lesley Bell, Dorothea Douglas, Aunty Grace Bond, Aunty Grace Stanley and Jackie Barrett (Photo: DDHHS)

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Dr Peter Gillies, back row, at left, with Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board members ... top row, Dr Ruth Terwijn, Trish Leddington-Hill and Cheryl Dalton; middle row, Prof Julie Cotter, Marie Pietsch and Dr Ross Hetherington; and bottom row, Chairman Mike Horan, Megan O'Shannessy and Deputy Chairman Dr Dennis Campbell

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