For patients and their families traveling long distances to access treatment at our Warrnambool Base Hospital, emergency accommodation can be provided at Rotary House.
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 has 11 rooms catering for two people, twin share and 1 family room which sleeps 3, with a fold out trundle bed also available to sleep a 4th.
• Ensuite facilities
• Television and small fridge
• Laundry – a washing machine and clothes dryer are available for guest use. All linen is provided.
• Disabled facilities – there is one room designed for use by people with disabilities.
• Kitchen and dining – a fully equipped kitchen and dining facilities in communal area.
Accommodation costs are in line with the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS) rebate rates. VPTAS provides financial subsidies to eligible patients living in rural and regional Victoria, who need to travel long distances to access medical specialist services.
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.