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 late Margaret 'Dharrul' Wirrpanda has joined Mooroopna's Alf 'Uncle Boydie' Turner as an inductee this year into the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll.
Paradise Queen owner Travis Smith is preparing to take on hundreds of runners at this year’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival to be held on October 18-19.
Goulburn Valley Fins and Fenders Car Club is getting ready to host its second annual Show and Shine event at Tatura Racecourse on Saturday, October 18.
Residents are being warned they could face severe penalties if out of control burn-offs damaged someone else’s property.
The Nanneella hall and recreation reserve committee is inviting everyone to join its clearance sale on October 25.
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Developer of the Elloura estate wants to build another road to Buckley Park among other changes.
Terry Hogan has stood down as Mayor of Jerilderie Shire due to an ongoing battle with cancer.
Heathcote Community House staff are encouraging people to send a postcard to show their support.
Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs Tim Bull visits Cobram to assist councils and incumbent MP.
Keen Deni Ute Muster fans rolled into town early for the weekend's event.
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Last week's Coledale poll dorset stud ram sale was the best in the stud's 45-year history.
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