Irvin House Opening Ceremony

Irvin House Residential Aged Care will celebrate a grand opening ceremony of their newly renovated facility in late January 2021.

The Grand Opening will be a COVID safe event and will include a virtual tour of the building available to the community online and a celebration with Irvin House Residents, some family and NCN Health staff.

NCN Health Cobram Director of Clinical Services Carolyn Hargreaves said the build was completed in November and residential aged care staff were working to get the rooms ready for the residents in the lead up to the move.

“There is a fair bit to do behind the scenes to prepare the facility for use. Initially the new rooms will be allocated by clinical care needs to ensure the safety of both the residents and staff.”

The improvements began on March 16 and include the creation of 14 single rooms with ensuites at Irvin House. The new rooms will enhance independence, privacy and safety for residents, and provide the latest facilities in an attractive setting.

Works also include a new kitchen for the Cobram Campus which will be 1.5 times larger than the existing space. It will have advanced equipment, such as a pass-through dishwasher and latest technology ovens, plus state-of-the-art design.

Ms Hargreaves said the building works will make a significant difference to staff and residents.

“The kitchen upgrade will enhance food preparation, systems and flow for the benefit of residents, patients and users of the whole hospital. A new staff dining room will also create a bright shared space for use by the whole campus.”

During the design phase in 2019, residents and staff were involved in work-shops with the architect to ensure that the building works met resident needs. Irvin House residents also had an input on interior design and finishes.

Ms Hargreaves said Landmark Constructions (based in Benalla) undertook the $2.5 million-dollar project, which is funded by Capital Grants and State Government through the Rural Health Infrastructure fund.

“It is such a fantastic addition to the NCN Health Cobram and Residential Aged Care and will benefit the community as a whole.” Ms Hargreaves said.

NCN Health will announce the official date of the opening ceremony mid-January 2021.

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