The Coalition Government is waiting for costings to be completed on the restoration of the Numurkah Hospital, flooded when the Broken Creek broke its banks in early March, The Nationals Member for Murray Valley, Tim McCurdy, said today.
Following discussions with Health Minister, David Davis, in Melbourne last week, Mr McCurdy, said he was aware people were losing patience on this issue, but it is critical the costing assessment is done properly.
I am arranging a meeting with Numurkah District Health Service chief executive officer, Jacqui Phillips and the Minister to further discuss the situation later this month, he said.
In the meantime, base primary health care services continue to be provided from the ‘field hospital’ established in temporary tent-like structures set up in the hospital car park in mid-March.
The aim is a return to pre-floods service but we do need to work through the recovery process, Mr McCurdy said.
In the interim the health service is focussed on maintaining a high standard urgent care service to the community.
The temporary urgent care centre comprises three air-conditioned modular tents, fully equipped with supplies, power, administration facilities and refrigeration for vaccines and other medication.
It contains six cubicles across three rooms and is equipped to provide urgent care and stabilisation services, he said.
The temporary structure does have limitations and whilst this can cause frustration for doctors, nurses and the community at times everyone has been focused on maintaining an urgent care service for the local community.
The main change is the fact patients cannot be admitted to the field hospital and patients requiring on-going hospital care are transferred to another hospital, usually Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton.
Mr McCurdy concluded by thanking the local staff for their outstanding contribution over what had been a difficult period, in first evacuating the hospital and then in establishing services in the field hospital.