Friday 24 November 2017



Bass Coast Health’s Wonthaggi Hospital proudly opened their new café this week to much excitement from staff and visitors. The eagerly awaited ‘Café 1910’, is now open to staff, patients and visitors, and offers an ever changing variety of snacks and meals, in addition to fantastic coffee.


The café is located next to what was previously the staff tearoom, which has undergone extensive renovations and now serves as a shared café-style dining space for staff and the public.


Part of the renovation of the tea room includes the addition of many beautiful black and white historical photos, courtesy of the Wonthaggi Historical Society, showing the evolution of the hospital since its humble beginning as a single tent in 1910. To honour the rich history of the hospital, the working group tasked with guiding the renovations (which included staff and consumers), decided that the name of the new café should indeed reflect this history.


Since its opening, staff and visitors alike have been clamouring to sample the wide array of food on offer, such as gourmet focaccias and rolls, toasted sandwiches, quiches and tarts, gourmet sausage rolls, salads, savoury and sweet muffins and much more.


Chris Campbell, who previously operated the popular coffee business ‘Coffee Hot Spot’ since October last year from a van at the front of the hospital, has joined the staff at Bass Coast Health as Cafe Supervisor. “I’m really grateful that I had 12 months’ worth of local business with the van and was able to help support the hospital”, he said, adding “But it’s great to actually be part of the BCH family now”.


Speaking at the official opening, BCH CEO Jan Child said, “It’s wonderful to finally be able to offer this, not just to our hard-working staff, but to our patients and their families and visitors too. We have a lot of people coming through our doors who are accompanying people who are sick, and sometimes, being able to take a break and have something to eat or have a coffee can make a huge difference to them“.


Ms Child also acknowledged the contribution of $19,000 from various staff funds that staff generously agreed should be used for part of the renovation, and thanked all involved in the project.


Café 1910 will initially be open from 7.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, with an expansion of hours to be considered in the near future. For more information, please call the café on 5671 4200.