PresCare’s CEO Greg Skelton at the announcement of Yaralla Place being sold.
PresCare’s CEO Greg Skelton at the announcement of Yaralla Place being sold. Valerie Horton

No plans for cash from sale

WIDE Bay Hospital and Health Services will save $4 million a year after selling Maryborough's Yaralla Place nursing home - but it has not yet decided where the money will be directed.

Fraser Coast hospitals will also need to apply to Queensland Health to benefit from the money from the actual sale.

A Wide Bay HHS spokesman said because Yaralla Place was a Queensland Health facility managed by Wide Bay HHS, the money from the sale reverted back to Queensland Health.

"The WBHHS is then able to make application to the State Government to be allocated funding from this pool," the spokesman said.

Wide Bay HHS said the sale price of Yaralla, which included a vacant block of land next to the nursing home, was commercial in-confidence and would not be revealed.

Not-for-profit group PresCare will take over the 96-bed facility, with Wide Bay HHS staff due to finish on September 29.

About 71 nurses have been offered a redundancy package and have two weeks to accept.

About 15 nurses have also requested to be transferred to another service within Wide Bay HHS.

The sale is due to take effect at the end of October, pending approval from the federal Department of Health and Ageing.



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