Push for Penin­sula 24-hour care

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THE push is on for a 24-hour sub-acute care ser­vice on the Bel­lar­ine Penin­sula to keep up with pop­u­la­tion growth in the re­gion and re­lieve pres­sure of ex­ist­ing pub­lic ser­vices in Gee­long.

Lo­cal provider Bel­lar­ine Community Health has floated the idea for doc­tors to be sta­tioned around the clock to re­spond to cases.

‘‘We think that’s in need,’’ Bel­lar­ine Community Health chief ex­ec­u­tive John Fendyk said. ‘‘That’s why we’re try­ing to be proac­tive and we need to start pre­par­ing for that.’’

The ser­vice would of­fer X-ray, pathol­ogy and other mi­nor ser­vices but not surgery or top-level emer­gen­cies, which would be of­fered at Gee­long.

‘‘We’re not go­ing to get an acute hospi­tal but we need to look at what ser­vices we need,’’ Mr Fendyk said.

‘‘If you can pro­vide cer­tain ser­vices in a lo­cal community, peo­ple re­ally like that and p r e f e r to be treated locally.’’

Bar­won Health chief ex­ec­u­tive David Ash­bridge said the re­gion’s grow­ing and age­ing pop­u­la­tion pre­sented chal­lenges to health­care providers. ‘‘We are sup­port­ive of ini­tia­tives that im­prove the pro­vi­sion of health ser­vices to our community,’’ he said.

Mr Fendyk, who is also a can­di­date in the City of Greater Gee­long coun­cil elec­tions for the Bean­gala Ward, said the pro­posal was at least a cou­ple of years away, with cost­ing and fund­ing sources yet to be se­cured.

Bel­lar­ine Community Health re­ceived fund­ing to up­grade its Point Lons­dale cen­tre and is set to move in over the com­ing weeks.

John Fendyk

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