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Name to return to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) has announced the name of Wagga Wagga’s public hospital will return to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital (WWBH).

The name change comes as a result of a community survey regarding the title of the new hospital, which opened in January 2016 replacing the former WWBH.

 

Chief Executive Jill Ludford said MLHD has listened to the community and the results of the recent community survey.

 

“While the naming of the new hospital to reflect its changed function was in accordance with NSW Hospital Naming Policy, it became clear the local community felt very strongly about the naming of their public hospital,” Ms Ludford said.

 

“The District actively sought the views of the community through the survey.”

 

The survey received a total of 6,570 votes by the closing date of 6 December, with Wagga Wagga Base Hospital receiving 61 per cent of votes.

 

“The results clearly show the majority of the people who voted preferred a return to the name Wagga Wagga Base Hospital,” Ms Ludford said.

 

Ms Ludford acknowledged the strong advocacy from those staff and the Wagga Wagga Local Health Advisory Committee who called for the Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital name to be retained.

 

“While the hospital will revert to its former name, it will not change the role or function of the region’s largest public hospital,” she said.

 

Ms Ludford acknowledged the efforts of Mrs Catherine Pierce in championing a return to the former WWBH name.

 

Signage and other naming will be replaced over time.

 

Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire MP and Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack have backed the decision.

 

“I am pleased the District has resolved the name issue and can now look forward to the third and final stage of the hospital,” Mr Maguire said.

 

Full results of Wagga Wagga Public Hospital Naming Survey

Wagga Wagga Base Hospital                         61% or 4,015 votes

Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital          24% or 1,544 votes

Wagga Wagga Hospital                                  15% or 1,011 votes

 

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