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Searching for names

Last week I was an invited guest along with my brother Tony Carter to the latest Post Office Gallery Exhibition,by curator Jessica Bridgfoot. A photo dated c.1902 was showcased in a glass cabinet. It featured my  Grandfather William Carter, who was a Captain of the Golden Square Fire brigade sharing a beer with six other men from a teapot.

My brother submitted this photo and I would like to draw your readers attention to it as we are still trying to identify all the men in the photo. This photo has recently been added to the Foundry Hotel when it underwent its recent upgrading. The hotel is right where my grandfather lived. We are so proud of the hotel displaying the photo and would dearly like to be able to add a small plaque to it listing the men. Can anyone please help by contacting myself at takywm2@adam.com.au. Thank you so much to all the friendly people in Bendigo.

Wendy Takos, Royal Park

Why not wait and see?

How ridiculous, they haven’t got a clue as to what the weather will be like at the time of the (Fryerstown) antique fair. 

If it is code red or severe, then of course it should not go ahead, but what if it is cloudy and drizzling rain?

Everyone is jumping at shadows now and terrified of being sued.

Philip Wilkin, Sedgwick

Advice for hospital

Open Letter to the Board of the Bendigo Hospital. What is important to locals and a real issue is ‘how the emergency department at our marvellous new hospital provides treatment to people with emergency needs’.

This is extremely relevant to elderly people and those suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease who require urgent medical treatment for falls. Especially those living at home with a care. 

And the provision of follow-up after attending the emergency department.

With the expected increase in our city’s population and corresponding increase in Alzheimer’s disease, due to our aging population , the Hospital Board must set in place strategies to deal with the increase of clients.

The government must also look at providing a better service or another emergency department to cater for the increase, as it appears the new one is unable to cope. Why?

I suggest;

1. Elevating the client. Using insights to understand and meet client needs, and continue to embed a client-centred culture.

2. Maintain momentum , buy building and protecting the emergency department , which improves the reputation of our hospital

3. Inspire the people. Foster a diverse, inclusive, highly trained and engaged workforce. Commit to empowering , engaging and creating an environment wher the staff have support, capability, technology to do their best for the hospital and it’s clients

4. Use a methodology to measure employee engagement. Such as the international : say, stay and Strive Model.

Then you can truly say ‘we as a department place our clients at the heart of everything we do, helping them to recover, by providing access to service that quickly meets their needs’.

Bill Collier, Golden Square