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Media Statement regarding Storm Damage at PAC Wescott, Stockton

Media Statement
November 17, 2020

17 November 2020 10.13am

The following statement is attributable to Paul Sadler, CEO Presbyterian Aged Care:

PAC Wescott, Stockton has suffered severe roof damage in last night’s super cell thunderstorm.  The roof over the Ibis Wing Dining Room has been partially blown off and caused damage to other Ibis Wing roof areas.  There are no reports of injuries to any residents, staff or other people. Other parts of the facility are operating as normal as the damage is contained to this wing.

Emergency services including the SES, Fire Brigade and Ambulance are attending and PAC is cooperating with them to secure the environment.

Around 30 residents in the upstairs Ibis Wing were moved to safety in other parts of PAC Wescott. We have secured temporary accommodation for 23 residents at HammondCare Waratah. We anticipate being able to look after all other residents on-site.

We are following our emergency plan as we respond to the situation.

This event comes only 16 months after similar damage to an adjacent section of roof in a wind storm in August 2019.

For media enquiries please contact Julia on 0490 434 035.

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A ministry of the Presbyterian Church, PAC exists to provide care and accommodation for older people, with a commitment to excellence inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus. It operates 8 residential care services, 9 home care services and 15 retirement villages serving around 4,000 older people.