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TAS Country : December 9th 2010
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, December 10, 2010 Centre failings The Central Highlands community has rejected a report praising the new Central Highlands Health Centre at Ouse. PROTESTER: 96-year-old Nathalie Hills. This business of talking to doctors on the phone when you're in your nineties and you've had a turn, you wouldn't know what you were saying.' HAMILTON residents Tiger and Gaye Hills have not been inside the new Central Highlands community health service at Ouse and they say they never will. The couple said they were angry and disgusted by the replacement health ser- vice. Mr Hills said he would never use the new Ouse health centre. ''I'd lay down in the middle of the road before I go in there and I hope a car runs over me,'' he said. Mr Hills' mother, Nathalie, 96, was one of hundreds of residents who packed the Ouse Town Hall to protest at the decision to close the hospital three years ago. She lives at the Corumbene nursing home in New Norfolk. ''She's better than I am in the mind but her old frame isn't as well,'' Mr Hills said. He said government promises of a 24-hour ambulance service and an X-ray service at New Norfolk had not material- ised. ''It was one of the carrots they waved in front of us when they said they were going to close the hospital. ''It's done now -- they have gutted the place.'' John and June Pilcher live in Bothwell and breed Santa Gertrudis cattle. Mr Pilcher works as an agri-business representative and Mrs Pilcher is a member of the CWA. The Pilcher name is synonymous with the Central Highlands. The couple said they had thought long and hard before writing a letter to Tasmanian Country about the hospital. ''I recall very clearly the very first meeting with the then minister Lara Giddings,'' Mr Pilcher said. ''A few of us gathered in a very respectful manner outside the hospital. ''One of the gentlemen from the com- munity said to her in a very respectful way 'minister, please listen to the com- munity not to your advisers'.'' Mrs Pilcher said workers Tracey Turale and Sandy Carmichael were doing a good job but ''it's not what the community need or want''. We wanted a multi purpose centre,'' she said. Mrs Pilcher said the assisted living units were no replacement for the aged care beds that were part of the old hospital. ''In this area, people don't go into care until they really can't care anymore for themselves at home because family and friends help them,'' she said. ''They were all in their own homes until it wasn't possible for them to stay any HOT TOPIC Ouse Health Centre Call: Dan Ryan: 0400 670 386 Brett Stevenson: 0407 000 242 Office: 03 6223 3536 70 Hampden Road, Battery Point, Hobart. www.sfmes.com.au Your forest Your asset > Deposits of up to $100,000 for your timber > An established market network > Professional foresters and contractors > Certified forest management systems If you re a landowner and want to utilise your forest - talk to us. SFM is the leading provider of independent forest management in Tasmania. We get maximum value for your forest products by providing; Ben Lomond Water in conjunction with GEA Farm Technologies is hosting a demonstration of Houle slurry management equipment. It is part of Ben Lomond Water s investigation into the re-use of bio-solids in agriculture. Where: Longford Waste Water Treatment Plant, Bishopsbourne Road, Longford. When: Tuesday 21 December 2010. Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm. Machinery Demonstration benlomondwater.com.au Tel: 13 MYWATER 13 69 92 at+m41561
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