Ex-councillor urges to keep hospital open

HOSPITAL NEEDED: Joy and Bob Campbell are grateful for the professional care provided by Maryborough’s St Stephen’s private hospital.
HOSPITAL NEEDED: Joy and Bob Campbell are grateful for the professional care provided by Maryborough’s St Stephen’s private hospital. Valerie Horton

BOB Campbell is currently being treated at St Stephen's Hospital in Maryborough for an illness that has left his right arm and his legs swollen.

The former Hervey Bay councillor said his treatment had been first-class and he had a message for those deciding the centre's future: Don't close it down.

Fluid has swollen Mr Campbell's arm and legs from an illness which is yet to be identified.

But he said he has been heartened by the professionalism and care the staff at the hospital has shown.

"They have very experienced people here, it would be a real loss," Mr Campbell said.

With the building of the new St Stephen's Hospital in Hervey Bay, initially the public was told the Maryborough centre would be closed down at the end of this year.

In December last year Leanne Tones, who was then general manager at St Stephen's Hospital, said the centre could become a palliative care unit, which would allow it to remain open.

However in June, acting general manager Terence Seymour said the hospital was likely to close when the new centre opens in October, but he was focusing on maintaining the site as a centre of employment if it was possible.

Mr Seymour was contacted yesterday but did not provide a response when asked about the future of St Stephen's Hospital in Maryborough.

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