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Posted by admin, July 30, 2013 9:33 pm

The creation of a relaxing new canteen at Bundaberg Hospital, with affordable, nutritious options for patients and visitors has been undertaken by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.

Hospital staff toast (with coffee) to the opening of the new Thirst Aid Cafe.

The opening of Thirst Aid Café on Monday, July 15 means huge benefits for not only the hospital and staff but also patients.

Foundation chair Janet Tallon said the Foundation was in essence the fundraising arm ofBundabergHospital.

“Our aim is to raise funds and encourage local communities to raise funds to improve health services, equipment and education programs run at the Bundaberg Hospital,’’ she said.

“The establishment of this business service will generate a larger income for the Foundation which means profits from the canteen will be channelled back into hospital equipment and patient services.’’

Another major benefit is that the new cafe meets Queensland Health’s Healthier Choices guidelines for canteens and vending machines.

“We will be providing healthy and nutritious, homemade meals on a daily basis, including daily meal specials and a wider menu to cater for dietary needs,’’ Mrs Tallon said.

There also will be flowers, newspaper, magazines and expresso coffee, usingByronBaybeans, providing patients with better hot drink options.

Mrs Tallon said the canteen area has undergone a major refurbishment during the past two weeks and the result was a far more welcoming and warm environment in the foyer area and of course a far better food service for staff, visitors and patients.

“Our volunteers will also begin a new daily trolley service to major wards selling various newsagency, toiletry and other items.’’

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Officer Adrian Pennington said this new partnership between the Bundaberg Hospital and the Foundation would provide significant benefits.

“The fact that the profit being generated would be fed back into the hospital in terms of equipment and services, instead of being retained by a private business, was terrific news for staff and patients,’’ he said.

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