COUNCILLOR Neil Jones will make a plea for common sense at Thursday night’s Orange City Council meeting by proposing the Orange Health Service Bloomfield Campus be renamed Orange Base Hospital.
Cr Jones says he is campaigning for the name change in response to feedback from the community, including the medical fraternity, who say the current name is confusing and underplays the role the hospital plays as a regional medical hub.
“I think the name Orange Base Hospital better reflects what the hospital does,” Cr Jones said.
“Some smaller hospitals are called health services because they don’t fulfil all the roles associated with a hospital.
“Potential new health professionals will be attracted to a base hospital because of the breadth of medical procedures and learning experiences inherent in such a hospital.”
Cr Jones said Thursday night’s notice of motion, seconded by Cr Fiona Rossiter, would request Council enter into discussions with health authorities seeking the renaming of the new hospital and the placement of appropriate signage on Forest Road.
Cr Jones said the hospital’s current name was a “reflection of the (health service) administration of the time and an attempt to reflect all of the health services that occur on that site.”
He said a name change would also help prevent confusion over the hospital’s exact location.