Prescare chairman Wayne Knapp and chief executive Greg Skelton, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board chief executive Adrian Pannington, deputy chair Barb Hovard and chair Dominic Devine at the Yaralla Place announcement.
Prescare chairman Wayne Knapp and chief executive Greg Skelton, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board chief executive Adrian Pannington, deputy chair Barb Hovard and chair Dominic Devine at the Yaralla Place announcement. Valerie Horton

New residents at Yaralla Place will have to pay fees

NEW residents at Yaralla Place will have to pay fees but facilities will be upgraded as not-for-profit group PresCare takes over the nursing home.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services has sold the home to PresCare and announced the change to staff and residents on Tuesday.

The sale will take effect from the end of October, 10 months after Wide Bay HHS first announced it would privatise the home.

Wide Bay HHS chief executive officer Adrian Pennington and PresCare chief executive officer Greg Skelton agreed there would be no disruption to patient care.

"We've got two organisations that are very experienced in what we do," Mr Pennington said.

Mr Skelton could not say how much fees would be for new residents, but said they were prescribed by the Federal Government.

He said PresCare would invest more than $1 million into upgrading infrastructure at both Groundwater Lodge and Yaralla Place, including food and laundry services and telecommunications.

"We see Maryborough has a growth opportunity," Mr Skelton said.

He said one manager would be appointed to run both sites.

Mr Skelton said under the terms of the agreement between WBHHS and PresCare, there would be no change to fees or arrangements for existing residents. 

Nevio and Heather Santi were among the crowd of families and residents who were informed of the change on Tuesday.

Heather's father is one of the 84 residents at Yaralla.

Mr Santi said the family would be keeping an eye on the quality of care in the future.



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