The opening of an interim emergency department at Numurkah hospital on Friday is set to provide the flood-affected community with stability.KAITLIN THALS November 14, 2012 4:20am
Numurkah hospital temporary emergency centre registered nurse Jisha Jose, ward clerk Barb Crawford and unit manager Catherine Small in the new building yesterday.
The opening of an interim emergency department at Numurkah hospital will provide long-awaited stability and further care to the community.
Victorian Health Minister David Davis will officially open the building on Friday.
The hospital had been operating out of tents in the car park since March floods inundated the Numurkah District Health Service complex, causing it to close.
The Ambulance Victoria emergency facilities served Numurkah and district for seven months — longer than any other assignment.
Chief executive Jacque Phillips said once open the new demountable buildings, constructed in Shepparton, would provide a better and more secure environment for staff and patients.
She said the emergency centre would have two emergency bays, four observation beds and a single private room.
Radiology services would return, meaning people could have X-rays performed and assessed locally. Also, people under observation would be able to remain in the emergency centre for longer.
‘‘People can be triaged, assessed and a treatment plan put in place with the doctor and registered nurses,’’ Ms Phillips said.
‘‘(In some cases) we won’t be able to keep people here because of certain medical conditions — which was the same as pre-floods and like any small rural health service.’’
Ms Phillips said while there was no definite time frame for when the hospital would reopen, two years would be a reasonable estimation.
The tent hospital treated about 1075 patients since the March floods made Numurkah hospital uninhabitable.
The facilitator of a new program to help empower women with a disability to become leaders in the community says it is time to stand up.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Race two of Kyabram’s Harness Racing meet, held at Echuca on Sunday evening, was declared a no-race when the Michael Bellman-driven Never Look Back fell with about 800m remaining.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
Heathcote police are appealing for information after a woman was injured in a hit-and-run incident on Anzac Day.
Cobram Barooga locals are being asked to host an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Australian Cancer Council.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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