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A rally to support keeping high level of care in new Gloucester nursing home

Around 45 people attended the last community meeting Anglican Care held in February last year. Photo Anne Keen
Around 45 people attended the last community meeting Anglican Care held in February last year. Photo Anne Keen

As Gloucester's new nursing home get closer to completion, there are rising concerns about what the new staffing levels will be.

Concerns have been noted in letters to the editor published in the Gloucester Advocate from current residents and community members, and now there are plans to hold a rally to raise more awareness.

In a letter by Kimbarra Lodge resident, Jean Parker neither the staff nor the residents know what the staffing levels will be once the move takes place near the end of the year.

Representatives from the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association Gloucester branch are asking the community to show support on Thursday, March 19 at 11am in the Meeting Place on Denison Street. The rally of supporters will walk down Church Street to the entrance of Gloucester Hospital.

"People are welcome to walk with us or meet us at the end," branch member Jodie Zimmerman said.

For Jodie, a new, purpose-built nursing home is needed and the hope is the staffing numbers will stay the same.

"A new facility is great but not at the risk of losing the high standard level of care residents are currently receiving," Jodie said.

Even though Anglican Care chief executive officer (CEO), Colin Osborne has held numerous community meetings about the new facility, the question of staffing has yet to be addressed.

At the last meeting, held just over a year ago, when he was asked about the staffing, Mr Osborne stated it wasn't a matter a CEO deals with.