Leongatha and Korumburra Hospitals do not have Emergency Departments but both have Urgent Care Centre’s which are staffed by nursing staff from the acute ward.
Assessment in Urgent Care
The general public who present themselves to either Urgent Care Centre will be assessed by nursing staff who can contact the doctor on call for advice on treatment, or request the doctor on call to review the patient.
As GSHS does not have resident medical officers at the Urgent Care Centre’s, A FEE WILL BE CHARGED BY THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER FOR MEDICAL SERVICES provided at the Hospital and patients will be charged for the costs of any investigations. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the Hospital only for emergency treatment.
The nearest funded public Hospital Emergency departments, where medical staff are present are at:
If your condition requires more specialist investigation or care than can be provided by our Hospitals transfer by ambulance may be required. If this occurs, the patient is responsible for the cost of ambulance transport.
Non-urgent medical attention
If medical attention is required for a non-urgent condition, patients are encouraged to contact their GP during business hours. Expert health advice can also be sought 24 hours a day from a registered nurse via the Victorian Nurse-on-Call Service by ringing 1300 60 60 24.
Telehealth is available at GSHS Urgent Care Centres (UCC’s) for after-hour’s Medical support of non-urgent presentations. This model of care has been developed with the funding support of Better Care Victoria (BCV), based on a successful project previously developed in rural Victoria. Telehealth supports the local GP’s by reducing the number of overnight calls. Local GP’s are still available to provide on-call services for admitted patients and assessment and treatment of urgent presentations to Urgent Care.
Telehealth is running at both the Korumburra and Leongatha campuses of GSHS. The sites are participating in this innovative initiative which enables patients to access medical consultations between the hours of 9:00pm and 7:00 am with Latrobe Regional Hospital Emergency Department medical staff.
State of the art equipment has been purchased and installed from the funding received from Better Care Victoria (BCV) to enable patients to have a medical consultation via an electronic medium. The consultation is real time, has very clear images and enables the patient to ask questions as if they were in the same room as the doctor. The technology supports the capacity for patients in rural areas to have a consultation without the burden of travel and commence treatment earlier. For further information please view the Patient Information Booklet and the Telehealth Consultation Fact Sheet for patients and families, available to you at your local UCC or via this link.