The opening of an interim emergency department at Numurkah hospital on Friday is set to provide the flood-affected community with stability.By Kaitlin Thals
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.
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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