BHAG makes a difference

AFTER little over a year in existence the Bellingen Health Action Group (BHAG) has made quite a difference to life at the local hospital.

In her end of year report, president Pia Dollmann said among its achievements the group had received commitments form the North Coast Area Health Service to keep the hospital’s emergency department open 24 hours a day, every day of the week, and to recruit midwives to re-establish maternity services.

Most satisfying of all was the change in the mood at the facility.

“It has turned around 100 percent,” Ms Dollmann said.

“The Medical Staff Council appreciates our work enormously and is now making plans for our hospital for the coming five years.”

Other successful initiatives include the purchase of gardening equipment from donated funds and the establishment of an enthusiastic team of volunteers who weed, plant and mulch in the hospital grounds regularly.

Preparations of a new maternity model are underway and a partnership with Bellingen EYE is being explored to install a solar hot water system.

“It’s all going very well. Our current need is to find a volunteer who is able and willing to maintain our website.”

She said with the NSW election in March and the change to the Mid North Coast Local health Network in July, the time ahead was both challenging and exciting. For more information email:

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