Fund­ing help to deal with se­vere flu sea­son

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Co­bram District Health has re­ceived a $100 000 cash in­jec­tion to help it cope with one of the worst in­fluenza sea­sons in re­cent years.

With record num­bers of peo­ple be­ing seen in hos­pi­tals across northern Vic­to­ria, the money is ur­gently needed to help see pa­tients as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Co­bram District Health chief ex­ec­u­tive David Gul­lick said the $111 634 would have an im­me­di­ate im­pact at a grass­roots level as CDH han­dled its share of cases.

There were 162 pre­sen­ta­tions to the hospi­tal’s Ur­gent Care Cen­tre in the past three months with flu-like or res­pi­ra­tory symp­toms and there were 27 ad­mis­sions with flu or res­pi­ra­tory symp­toms in the same pe­riod.

Mr Gul­lick said to­tal ad­mis­sions at the hospi­tal had in­creased by 11 per cent com­pared to the same time last year, from 229 to 255.

‘‘The Ur­gent Care Cen­tre has been quite busy so we will al­lo­cate the fund­ing to the acute ward and the nurs­ing home,’’ he said.

‘‘It has been a bad in­fluenza sea­son. We will in­crease staffing in ar­eas where de­mand has risen to make sure we have enough re­sources to look after peo­ple.’’

State Mem­ber for Northern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp said the mas­sive surge in de­mand for treat­ment had prompted the spe­cial fund­ing sup­port pack­age for lo­cal pub­lic hos­pi­tals and bush nurs­ing cen­tres.

‘‘Hos­pi­tals across Vic­to­ria have been feel­ing the pres­sure with more than 14 000 flu cases re­ported this flu sea­son,’’ Mr Gepp said.

‘‘This money will be key to sup­port­ing our lo­cal hos­pi­tals to keep de­liv­er­ing the qual­ity care pa­tients need.’’

Win­ter has seen a surge in peo­ple vis­it­ing emer­gency de­part­ments.

In Au­gust alone, more than 3900 peo­ple vis­ited emer­gency de­part­ments each day. That’s a record for the month.

It is an­tic­i­pated quicker hospi­tal trans­fer times will also en­able paramedics to get back on the road sooner to help save more lives.

Peo­ple wait­ing for elec­tive surgery will also ben­e­fit, with more peo­ple than ever ex­pected to re­ceive surgery in 2017-18.

While the peak is com­ing to an end, hos­pi­tals con­tinue to urge pa­tients with less se­vere ill­nesses to con­tact their GP, a phar­ma­cist — in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria’s 24/7 Su­per­care Phar­ma­cies — or phone NURSE-ONCALL.

Mr Gul­lick also stressed peo­ple, es­pe­cially chil­dren and the el­derly, need to con­sider flu vaccinations ev­ery year, and that it was not too late for one this year.

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