Les Fowler and Barbara Hogbin inspect the unit Mrs Hogbin and her husband, Allen (inset), have named in honour of Mr Fowler, wh
Les Fowler and Barbara Hogbin inspect the unit Mrs Hogbin and her husband, Allen (inset), have named in honour of Mr Fowler, wh

Carers? lodge ?a beauty



'LES Fowler says providing carers' accommodation was not even thought of when he was in charge at Coffs Harbour District Hospital.

The 99-year-old Mr Fowler, who was the CEO of Coffs Harbour Hospital for 24 years, from 1946 to 1970, said the new Shearwater Patients and Carers' Lodge at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus was 'an absolutely beautiful building' and had been well-designed.

Mr Fowler toured the Lodge yesterday and inspected the unit that has been named in his honour by benefactors Barbara and Allen Hogbin, who provided funds for two of the 16 units. The second unit has been named after Mr Hogbin's late mother, Ethel Hogbin.

Mr Fowler was also Allen Hogbin's first boss, employing the prominent Coffs Harbour businessman as 'a very good junior clerk' at the hospital.

The transition from the early timber hospital buildings to the second, brick hospital at the Jetty, was overseen by Les Fowler.

He said Coffs Harbour delegates were never able to convince Sydney's health bureaucrats that Coffs Harbour was a growing district, so the 'new' hospital had been half the size Coffs Harbour health staff wanted and had proved cramped within a few years of opening. He said he thought the same mistake had been made with the new Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

The Lodge will be opened at 11am today and there will be a public Open Day and sausage sizzle 11am - 3pm tomorrow.



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