Toowoomba Hospital is undergoing some exciting changes with the introduction of a new coffee shop and a revamp of the staffroom.

The Toowoomba Hospital Foundation is dipping their feet into the world of hospitality, taking over ownership of the Toowoomba Hospital café and relaunching as Wellbean Co. Toowoomba Hospital Foundation CEO Alison Kennedy said when the lease for the Toowoomba Hospital café came up for renewal the foundation jumped at the chance to take over operations. “For us it was a no-brainer. It gives us a fantastic opportunity to be at the heart of our hospital and continue to support patients and staff through this new wellness initiative,” she said. “Previously the café was run by a multinational company, so we’re incredibly proud to be able to bring operations back locally with revenue going back into helping our local health service.

Mrs Kennedy said a huge focus for Wellbean Co was to ensure it supports local as much as possible. “We are all for keeping things local and supporting our local suppliers, all our meat products are now being supplied by Westridge Meats and we source fresh vegetables and fruit from Betros Bros. Even our oil is being collected and recycled locally. It’s all about delivering quality, fresh food to staff and patients who use the café every day,” she said. “We are looking into grab and go meals for them to take home or with them to their shift. It’s still early days, but we are looking forward to growing Wellbean Co so that it continues to support the needs of patients and staff.”

Staff are also receiving an upgrade with somewhere fun to relax and re-energise away from the hustle and bustle of the busy wards, thanks to the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation’s recent $165,000 revamp of their existing staff dining area. Complete with a brand new kitchen, booth and bench seating, a computer nook, air conditioning, and modern furnishings, the staff room has been completely transformed. The space was officially opened in a public event on 19 August, with the name of area revealed, Revive.

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