For patients and their families traveling long distances to access treatment at our Warrnambool Base Hospital, emergency accommodation can be provided at Rotary House. Located directly opposite the hospital, the 12-bed facility was officially opened by Premier Denis Napthine in 2013.
The stylishly-decorated rooms are mostly available for people from out of town, including those who need to be close to hospital for next-day medical treatment or early-morning surgery and those needing a little extra rest time before hitting the highway after day surgery or chemotherapy. Our chemotherapy patients travel from as far away as Mount Gambier and 50 percent of the babies we care for in our special care nursery come from homes outside of Warrnambool.
Rotary House helps to lighten the load, financially, for people needing short-term affordable accommodation. It also helps lighten the load, emotionally, for people wanting to sleep just a stone’s throw away from their loved ones being cared for, for example, in our intensive care unit and special care nursery.
Warrnambool’s four Rotary Clubs fundraised for, and built, this emergency accommodation. The 4-5 minute video below, The house that Andrew (and friends) built, tells the story of how Rotary House Warrnambool was developed and what it is like inside, today.