The cooks from Katanning Health Service have their work cut out for them this month with a major kitchen refurbishment underway, but they are determined to get food on the table.
WA Country Health Service Great Southern Region Senior Project Officer Patrick Weadon said the redevelopment of Katanning Health Service included a major upgrade to the kitchen.
“Wauters Enterprises, which won the contract to refurbish the kitchen, started work on 11 January and will install new exhaust hoods, vinyl floors, sinks and taps, stainless steel benches and shelves, a dishwasher and cooking equipment,” Mr Weadon said.
“The renovation is expected to take about a month and during that time the cooks from the health service will operate from a temporary kitchen at the Katanning Recreation Centre.”
Director of Nursing/Health Service Manager Robyn Millar said the cooks would continue to produce meals for inpatients, aged-care residents and meals on wheels clients while operating from the recreation centre.
“Logistically it is a bit more of a challenge, but the centre is only about five minutes away,” Ms Millar said.
“The cooks have hit the ground running and thanks to their earlier preparation they haven’t missed a beat.”
In addition to a renovated kitchen, the Katanning Health Service upgrades include new emergency and medical imaging departments, an outpatient facility, refurbished surgical services and sterilising facilities, a new laundry and morgue. The main build is being undertaken by Cockram Construction.
The redevelopment of the Katanning Health Service is being undertaken as part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative’s program to improve hospital infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Midwest and South West regions.
The capital works program is one component of the half a billion Southern Inland Health Initiative made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.