Health District praises ad­mirable12 months

The Free Press (Corowa) - - NEWS -

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.

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