Health District praises admirable12 months
Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) highlighted its achievements of 2017-18 at its annual public meeting yesterday, held at the Corowa RSL Club.
Every 24 hours in MLHD, six babies are born, three people die, 13 people are hospitalised due to an injury, 407 people present to emergency departments and 41 elective surgery procedures are performed.
One major item showcased on the agenda was the celebration of Corowa District Hospital’s 125th-year, which celebrated its anniversary in October. The hospital has grown to include a 53-bed hospital with 18 inpatient beds and 31 residential aged care beds.
The keynote speaker was NSW Cross-Border Commissioner James McTavish on the topic Service Delivery in Cross-Border Communities – Challenges and Opportunities.
Chief Executive Jill Ludford said this year she was particularly proud of the achievements of MLHD staff and services recognised on the state-wide stage.
“For an unprecedented three years in a row, a Wagga Wagga Base Hospital (WWBH) Junior Medical Officer was awarded the NSW State Junior Doctor of the Year,” Ms Ludford said.
Dr Thomas Melhuish was recognised at the NSW Health and Australian Medical Association’s 2017 Doctor-In-Training Awards for his leadership, clinical excellence and passionate dedication to rural health.
The WWBH Stroke Unit was ranked the best in NSW for access to care, early rehabilitation and patient education in the 2017 Stroke Foundation audit of 44 NSW hospital services.
“We are also leading the way in the introduction of new services for our communities,” Ms Ludford said.
MLHD launched the first public hospital service in regional NSW to provide access to surgical weight loss management and also a new midwifery led maternity service in Leeton to provide coordinated care for normal risk women to birth in their local hospital.
Health services were supported with significant infrastructure works, including early works for the third and final Stage of the $431 million Wagga Wagga Base Hospital redevelopment and master planning for Stage 1 works on the $35 million Griffith Base Hospital redevelopment.
Ms Ludford thanked all health staff who have worked extremely hard over the year providing high quality services to patients and clients.
“I am passionate about ensuring every patient who comes in contact with us has a positive experience that contributes toward their comfort, recovery and wellbeing,” she said.
Corowa District Hospital celebrated its 125th anniversary this year.