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REPAIR WORK HAS BEGUN TO FIX THE STORM DAMAGE AT PAC WESCOTT, STOCKTON

Media Release
August 12, 2019

REPAIR WORK HAS BEGUN TO FIX THE STORM DAMAGE AT PAC WESCOTT, STOCKTON 

August 12, 2019

Repair work has now begun to fix the severe roof damage suffered by Presbyterian Aged Care Wescott, Stockton on Friday as a result of strong winds.  The roof over the Ibis Wing of PAC’s facility was partially blown off.

In all, 30 residents have had to be relocated.  About half of these people were cared for by their families over the weekend who came to collect them.  Some will be able to remain at PAC Wescott in other rooms, but most have now been relocated temporarily to other aged care providers in the Newcastle area.

PAC Wescott received offers of help from HammondCare Waratah and Calvary St Joseph’s Sandgate.  HammondCare Waratah has today opened a new wing early and many of PAC Wescott’s displaced residents are moving there on Monday.

Normal services remain available to residents living in other parts of PAC Wescott not affected by the storm damage.  Presbyterian Aged Care has also been in regular contact with the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care Quality & Safety Commission since the incident occurred on Friday.

“We would like to thank the emergency services who responded so promptly to the incident on Friday”, said Paul Sadler, PAC CEO.  “We’re pleased that our emergency plan was effectively implemented by our staff who ensured all affected residents were safe and well cared for over the weekend. We also want to thank HammondCare Waratah and Calvary St Joseph’s Sandgate for assisting us at this difficult time.”

“Repair work on the Ibis Wing roof commenced today.  At this stage, we are awaiting confirmation from our insurers and contractors about how long the repairs will take,” added Mr Sadler.

For media enquiries please contact Julia on 0490 434 035.

 

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 9 aged care homes, 10 home care and support services and 15 retirement villages in NSW and the ACT, providing care and accommodation to around 2,000 people.