A home away from home for rural residents who need medical treatment in Westmead has reopened its doors.
Sisters of Charity Outreach’s low cost accommodation service Chisholm Cottage has undergone a major upgrade, including a roof replacement, bathroom renovations, fresh paint, new carpet and refurbishment.
In the two years prior to its temporary closure last October, the cottage hosted 742 adults and 352 children for 1885 booking nights and saved guests $72,000 per year in accommodation costs.
“It’s one of the few affordable accommodation services within walking distance to Westmead Hospital, the children’s and private hospitals,” Sisters of Outreach general manager Gary Sillett said.
“It was nice before but it was very dated as it hadn’t been updated since it opened. We wanted to create a bright and calm atmosphere in what is a turbulent and stressful time for these families.”
Founded in 1996 by the Parramatta’s Catholic Women’s League, it has been managed by Sisters of Charity Outreach on its behalf since 2011 and acquired the cottage last December.
Demand has been strong since the cottage recently reopened and is expected to soon have a waiting list.
“It’s part of our strategy to provide greater access to healthcare to regional families,” Mr Sillett said.
Most stays range from a few nights to up to a fortnight.
The cottage consists of two double and two triple rooms, which cost $60-$80 per night.