MORE than 800 people have attended the Phillip Island Health Hub 24-hour Urgent Care Centre within the first three weeks of the facility being open.
And as it was also a key 2018 election promise from Labor, the Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos visited the centre last Friday to officially open it.
The $3.36 million medical facility has a patient triage area and four new urgent care treatment bays, including an enclosed bay and a resuscitation bay.
The government says it “fast-tracked” the 24/7 service because there are “thousands of tourists flocking to Phillip Island every summer”.
The new centre replaces the temporary minor injuries and illness clinic that has operated on Phillip Island since December last year.
Ms Mikakos said there’s nothing more important than the peace of mind that help is just around the corner when families need it.
“The community has told us they couldn’t wait for round-the-clock care – and we’ve listened,” she said.
Bass MP Jordan Crugnale said the government’s delivering what they promised.
“We are boosting after hours care services and getting on with planning a community hospital to meet the future needs of locals and visitors for many years to come.”
Paralympian swimmer Amanda Drennan accepted a certificate of appreciation from Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos on Friday.
Back in 2011, Amanda swam around Phillip Island in a shark cage to raise money to bring back 24-hour medical care to the Island.
‘Swim For Life’ was then born and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the cause.
“It was a team effort, I couldn’t have done it without everyone at Swim For Life,” Amanda said.
According to a Bass Coast Health statement last month, the centre can manage minor cuts and burns, earache, fever, sprains and strains, rashes, infections, dehydration, gastro, and small cuts.