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Community Hub at HRH progresses

ALL going well the major redevelopment of Heywood’s community medical clinic could be finished in about two months.

Mid-August is the expected finishing date for the Heywood Rural Health community health hub renovations.

Work has been proceeding as well as it can during the coronavirus pandemic, with a shortage of timber – a national problem – the major headache.

The two major parts of the redevelopment are a multipurpose room in the middle of the hub – an area covering about 200 square metres – which will allow the community space to run group activities and education programs among other things, and a new reception area.

Hub manager Jacki Barnett said the multipurpose rooms was much needed and in an area that has been a “vacant void”, largely a lawned area which was originally a secure outdoor part of the former dementia wing which was on the site.

“We’re excited to have the space,” she said.

“We’ll be able to space people out to comply with coronavirus requirements pending coronavirus restrictions by the (Health Department) obviously.”

There would be a focus on chronic illnesses such as diabetes and musculoskeletal conditions.

HRH chief executive Leigh Parker said the organisation was “really looking forward to being able to open the space up and use it for our patients, clients and the community”.

The new reception would combine the reception areas of the main hospital building and the hub in one area, though they would be kept separate.

“It’s a more welcoming approach and clients and visitors can be best directed from a single point,” Mr Parker said.