AS PROMISED at election time, Phillip Island residents and visitors will have access to 24/7 health care for minor illnesses and injuries at Bass Coast Health’s (BCH) Phillip Island Health Hub starting before Christmas.
A doctor and nurse will be stationed at the hub 24/7.
And the service has only temporarily fallen short of Urgent Care status, until such time as the front section of the hub can be fitted out with urgent care services, including full resuscitation capability, required lighting and other equipment.
It is expected that the Urgent Care Centre will be open before Christmas, as early as mid-March.
The good news is that everything is on track to deliver a service on the Island by Christmas.
The Minor Injury and Illness Clinic, staffed by a doctor and a nurse, will be available 24 hours-a-day from the existing Phillip Island Health Hub. The service will be supported by telehealth to clinicians at the Wonthaggi Hospital and there are strong partnerships in place with Ambulance Victoria and the local GP clinic to ensure the range of healthcare services are coordinated.
While the Minor Injury and Illness Clinic will operate 24/7, serious health care needs, such as chest pain, strokes and fractures, will all continue to be treated at the Wonthaggi Hospital Emergency Department.
The Minor Illness and Injury Clinic will not have access to Radiology, Pharmacy or Pathology services beyond the current opening
hours of local providers. People needing these services will be transferred to Wonthaggi Hospital where extended services are available.
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