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upgrade plans delayed
THE important ‘Clinical Services Plan’ for
Bass Coast Health (BCH), operators of the
Wonthaggi Hospital, has been delayed, miss-
ing the promised delivery date of late Novem-
A draft of the plan has been prepared but
for various reasons, some of them unfore-
seen, the final plan has not been completed
It’s final delivery is seen as a crucial step
in transitioning the Wonthaggi Hospital from
its present status to a sub-regional service
for Bass Coast and the surrounding region.
CEO at Bass Coast Health, Jan Child, said
that the changeover of CEO at Foster hospi-
tal means that the plans may be not be fi-
nalised now until early February.
“I understand there will be an appointment
announced in the near future, so we need
to brief the new person and get their en-
dorsement before it is finalised, then it goes
through to be approved by the Department of
Health and Human Services, ” Ms Child said.
“The good news is that we are not waiting
for the report to get things going. We know
that at BCH we have to increase our skill
mix, our range of services and change our
workforce models to be able to accept pa-
tients with increased acuity.
“We have already started some of that
Staff at BCH are working hard to instigate
many ideas and concepts that will go into
the finalised version of the Clinical Services
With assistance from the Wonthaggi Medi-
cal Group, BCH staff have relocated the WMG
Consulting Clinics to the Grabham wing, in
order to increase the hospital’s emergency
department capacity, and to create a proper
“This has helped us significantly with the
increased demand,” Ms Child said.
Record ED numbers
The hospital recently treated a record num-
ber of patients on New Year’s Day 2016, with
101 patients being treated within 24 hours.
The average amount of patients being treat-
ed at the hospital each day was 38, making
the New Year’s Eve record just shy of triple
the amount of patients needing treatment.
Minor works are also being undertaken to
several rooms at the front of the hospital to
create more consulting space for clients.
BCH are also undertaking a review of their
workforce models in the Emergency Depart-
ment, and are making minor changes to
their overnight medical staffing and their tri-
age model to increase the seniority of staff.
“We are also having conversations with our
colleagues in metropolitan Melbourne about
formalising some partnerships to increase
other medical support to our service, ” Ms
“One example is the development of an
MOU with Peninsula Health to provide a
quick response to stroke patients who need
thrombolysis through telemedicine with
“We hope to have that new service starting
in about March. ”
BCH is also collaborating with Monash
Health to improve access to obstetrician in-
put for women who are soon to give birth,
but who have increased risk factors.
The next key step in finalising the Clini-
cal Services Plan is to get together an imple-
mentation plan with other health services to
provide a detailed roadmap for the next five
“We will also be aiming to refresh our mas-
ter plan for the Wonthaggi site in the coming
12 months, ” Ms Child said.
“We are doing some work on developing
our medical and surgical models going for-
ward so that we can plan for next financial
year’s budget and recruitment requirements.
“We already know that in the next 12
months or so, we need to aim to have in place
a 24-hour surgical emergency service and an
expanded number of surgical services. ”
Hitchhiker survives car impact
A 16 YEAR old hitchhiker is lucky to be alive
after being struck by a car on the Bass Highway
late on Thursday, January 12.
At 10.20pm on Thursday evening, a 16 year
old girl and boy were hitchhiking along the
dimly lit Bass Highway at Bass.
The girl strayed onto the left-hand lane of the
highway, and was struck by a passing vehicle.
The vehicle was travelling at approximately
80km per hour.
The girl was clipped by the bull bar of the
vehicle, then the windscreen, before coming to
rest on the bonnet.
She suffered a severely broken arm and nas-
ty cut to her head and was flown to the Alfred
Hospital via air ambulance.
Traffic was diverted from the site for approxi-
mately two hours.
The driver and passengers of the vehicle that
struck the girl were left shaken, but otherwise
Police from San Remo attended the incident,
and say that they were amazed the young girl
survived the impact.
They believe she may have been affected by
alcohol at the time.
Police wish to remind the public that hitch-
hiking is illegal, and is a finable offence.
One of the world’s most-successful cricketers Younis Khan is pictured with Rhyll Gen-
eral Store and Post Office owner Korral Guy, who was more than happy to sell the Test
great a fishing licence last week.
Cricket one day, fishing the next
THE Rhyll General Store and Post Office
had a surprise visit from one of the world’s
most talented cricketers on Tuesday, when
Pakistan’s Younis Khan was in town.
The all-time Pakistan leading Test run scor-
er purchased a fishing licence, before enjoy-
ing all that Westernport Bay has to offer.
Khan is just 23 runs short of becoming the
first Pakistani batsmen to score 10,000 runs,
and showed he isn’t slowing down with 175
not out against Australia in the Third Test at
Sydney – his first century on Australian soil.
He visited Rhyll while staying at Ventnor
during the week, enjoying a couple of days’
fishing out on the boat.
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