Health centre expansion project moving along

Health centre expansion project moving along

It is exciting times ahead for Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) with its ‘Walk to Change the Story’ kicking off today from 10.30am.

‘Walk to Change the Story’ is an event highlighting the need to end violence against women and children.

‘Walk to Change the Story’ is an initiative of GLCH who, at the start of this year, invited other local organisations to help raise awareness about the alarming prevalence of violence against women and children in the community, and to highlight the local support services available for those impacted.

GLCH is also looking forward to the completion date of its new multi-million dollar expansion.

“The building is a multi-million dollar capital works project and the foreman and CM & HM Banks have said that we are travelling on target,” GLCH executive manager of corporate services, Leah McFadzean, said.

“The lift shaft and steel structures are in and they are about to do the first floor concrete.

“It’s all pretty exciting and it’s all starting to shape up.

“The next step is a lot more scaffolding will be put up around the building and we are all very excited and keen to see it finished, which will take some time because our services are expanding phenomenally.

“We are actually refurbishing the double story, extending out the front and putting a lift shaft in.

“We are actually going to do some refurbishing in the current building as well.

The building is scheduled to be finished next year. There is not an exact completion date yet.

“GLCH is excited to be able to provide the services to the community and we are pleased that we have been able to use predominately local contractors.

“We’ve got an exponential growth in our age care, disability and family violence services and we are very mindful that we have our allied health services and potential medical clinic that we will need to review coming into this space once we have the room to move.

“People think of us as just medical, (but) we are not. We’ve got over 430 staff now and we are quite a big provider.”

The new building will provide meeting spaces and consulting rooms for an additional 50 staff members.

PICTURED: CM & HM Banks and P&D Rigging and Crane Hire workers joined Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) executive manager of corporate services, Leah McFadzean (front), dressing in orange on Monday to show their support ahead of GLCH’s ‘Walk to Change the Story’, which will be held today.