Hospital redevelopment finds its biggest fan

Local Upwey resident, Mitch and his support worker Julian were welcomed onto the Frankston Hospital redevelopment site for a site tour on Monday 21 August.

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects his body movements and ability to speak, Mitch and his support workers have been frequent visitors of the redevelopment site, going to great lengths to set up deck chairs in a nearby viewing area, to observe construction activity and sounds that are underway to bring Frankston Hospital’s new 12-storey clinical services tower to life.

Mitch and his support worker were welcomed onto the construction site for a tour, where they were joined by Peninsula Health’s Chief Executive Felicity Topp, Chief Operations Officer Helen Cooper, and Director of Redevelopment Bridget Rusling, who guided the pair through the site, providing details on the $1.1 billion redevelopment.

“I could really see that Mitch appreciated having full autonomy to explore the site during his tour,” says Julian. “Having the Executive team there to generously guide Mitch and give him the rundown on his favourite machines would have meant a lot for him.”

Mitch was presented with his very own hard-hat and puffer jacket to wear when he comes back to visit the site and watch construction progress.

“It was such an amazing opportunity for Mitch, so it was awesome to see him really take it all in,” adds Julian.