Community encouraged to take part in Cowra Health Services consultations

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke with Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West. Photo taken prior to COVID-19 restrictions.
Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke with Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West. Photo taken prior to COVID-19 restrictions.

Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West is encouraging the Cowra Shire community to get involved and be a part of Cowra Health Services community consultations being undertaken both online and in person.

Residents are invited to attend a community drop-in session at the Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre on Monday, July 20 from 10am till 3pm.

"I urge all residents to get involved in the community consultation sessions currently available," Cr West said.

"This process is a vital step in developing our future hospital, indeed it is one of the key foundation blocks."

Western NSW Local Health District is inviting Cowra Shire residents and those in the surrounding villages to be a part of the consultation process.

It aims to focus on the health needs of people in Cowra and the wider region and gather relevant and vital health feedback to develop the Cowra Clinical Services Plan.

The Cowra Clinical Services Plan is the first step in the planning and development of the $70.2 million upgrade to Cowra Hospital.

"The process for building a new hospital starts with good planning," Cr West said.

"Developing a Clinical Services Plan that is specific to the communities health needs means our residents should have a hospital that is relevant to us."

Residents can also provide feedback via email to feedback@truenorthcomm.con.au, via phone on 0447 310 567 or via completing an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CowraCSP.

"There are a number of options our community can access to be a part of this important process," said Cr West.

"It is imperative that we all provide our feedback because if you wish for a certain health service to be a part of our future hospital and you don't provide that feedback, then that health service may not be a part of plan.

"Please drop-in to the sessions or get online and fill out the survey not only for yourself but for the health needs of our future community."

Consultation ends Friday, July 24, 2020.