There are now nights where all 12 suites are booked out.
What a fabulous result for the hard work Warrnambool’s four Rotary Clubs put into financing and building our region’s first Rotary House accommodation in 2014.
Main reasons for staying? Patients having radiation treatment at the South West Regional Cancer Centre, patients having oncology treatment at SWH Chemotherapy, partners of new mothers in our Midwifery Unit, patients-to-be staying overnight before early morning surgery (mainly knee and hip replacements), and partners staying while their loved ones (often stroke survivors) recover in our Rehabilitation Unit.
2015-16 saw 451 rooms booked. Four days short of this financial year’s June 30, it was 869. In May this year 75 rooms were booked. June last year that figure was 36. This increased demand’s the result of increased demand in our Emergency Department (34.4% of the 24,325 people treated in ED in 2015-16 did not come from Warrnambool), increased surgery, increased inpatient numbers (40.8% of our 17,015 inpatients in 2015-16 did not come from Warrnambool), and the opening of the cancer centre a year ago.
Who’s staying? Guests from Portland, Mount Gambier and Hamilton (and in that order) are booking the most, as are 60–75 year olds. The gone-wrong holidays of international tourists from Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand and Malaysia have also led to recent bookings. Out-of-town new dads in their 20s are also staying in noticeable numbers.
Rotary House is not just for SWH patients, their families and their carers. It’s for ALL of Warrnambool’s hospitals and aged care facilities and we’d love you to keep spreading the word. In the past year, St John of God Hospital and Mercy Place patients (and their loved ones) have made the most of this modern home-away-from-home – a Rotary success story lightening the financial and emotional load for people needing short-term/affordable accommodation in Warrnambool at the most trying of times.
For Rotary House Warrnambool inquiries/bookings: