RSL funding to refurbish hospital

WARWICK Hospital has been given a generous donation in the lead up to Christmas this year.

The Warwick RSL Memorial Club dug deep this festive season and offered to pay for the hospital to complete refurbishments costing around $120,000.

The hospital will use the money to move the mental health clinic from its current location at McCarthy House to the specialists' clinic in the old Oak's building.

Director of Nursing Megan O'Shannessy said the work had been in the pipeline for some time, but the donation would allow the work to be completed much sooner than expected.

Ms O'Shannessy said she was "thrilled and grateful" at the RSL's donation and said it would be a huge benefit to both the staff and the wider community.

The refurbishments are set to help modernise and improve the facilities and services available to those in need.

"(McCarthy House) is aged and doesn't fit with modern mental health structures," Ms O'Shannessy said.

"The new location will certainly be more comfortable, it will improve access for patients and their families and it will give us much-needed accommodation spaces in McCarthy House."

RSL Memorial Club secretary manager Jo Schwenke said the management committee made the decision to fund the refurbishments on Tuesday evening, after speaking with hospital representatives.

She said the substantial donation was made possible through the club's prosperity.

"The club is in a position where we are debt-free and I feel as though the community has strongly supported us to a viable place where we can do this on a large scale," she said.

"We get a lot of requests for assistance but this is one that felt right for the club to be able to help all members of the community, without singling anyone out.

"I think mental illness is the silent killer and is something that has touched most people in the area."

Ms O'Shannessy said she hoped to have staff settled in the new and improved building by January, with services up and running by February.

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