Centre to help rural patients

A MONTO mum has welcomed a new rural health accommodation centre due to open in Bundaberg in February saying it would have made a huge difference to her before she gave birth.

For Michelle Dixon, finding a place to stay in the three weeks before she gave birth was indescribably stressful

Knowing the stress mothers-to-be are under is why Ms Dixon is putting her support behind Rotary Lodge.

The lodge, which was unveiled last week, will provide cheap accommodation centre for rural people and their carers who need to travel to Bundaberg for specialist appointments or hospital stays.

For three weeks before Ms Dixon gave birth to her 15-month-old son Alex she was forced to stay at a holiday apartment Bargara.

“The cheapest we could find for such a short period was $500 a week,” she said.

“That cost on top of our usual rent added to what was already a very stressful time.”

Rotary Lodge, on Woongarra Street, is expected to open in February next year.

“This will make it a lot easier for people who live out of town,” she said.

“Knowing there is somewhere we can stay and not stress about the extra money is very comforting.”

Rotary Lodge will be available for anyone who lives more than 50km from Bundaberg, maternity patients from the North Burnett, rehabilitation ward patients, surgical and medical patients as well as children in need of treatment.



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