West Gippsland Healthcare Group (WGHG) provides clinical care services in Baw Baw Shire region to a community of around 40,000 residents. The hospital operates 77 beds across medical, surgical, obstetric and paediatric care types. The Aged Care Program provides residential Care through the 2 services – Cooinda Lodge (60 beds) in Warragul adjacent to the hospital and Andrews House (50 beds) in Trafalgar. WGHG uses a significant volume of water in the provision of its health care and business operations (as an operator of a commercial linen service).
The non-ambulant patients/residents that are unable to use toilet facilities are provided with bed pans or urinary bottles. After use, the bed pan/urinary bottle is washed and sterilised by sanitiser units that previously used 45 litres per cycle. The new sanitiser units will clean the bed pan and urinal bottles with just 21-24L per cycle. Based on utilisation it is estimated that we will achieve water savings of 1,890 litres per day.