Exactly what are Urgent Care Centres ?

Exactly what are Urgent Care Centres ? Wondering what the NSW Government has in mind for Bulli Hospital instead of our Emergency Department ? They say it won’t cost you – but in Victoria there are Private Urgent Care Centres – a visit costs you up to $150 ?

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More Questions than Answers – Residents Challenge Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health on Bulli


Save Bulli ED Group

https://savebullied12.wordpress.com/

 Media release : For immediate release – 24 May 2012    Bulli ED 2012/#3

Residents went head-to-head with health administrators today over the future of Bulli Hospital.  At the public forum organised by Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD), residents again and again asked for clarification on the future of the Bulli Hospital Emergency Department.

Under pressure of questioning from the floor, the Director of Operations, Michelle Noort, finally admitted that the Bulli Emergency Department was already downgraded to an urgent care centre in the minds of local health bureaucrats. The only question in the minds of ISLHD was what model of urgent care centre would be implemented…. MORE

Michelle Noort promised that any urgent care centre would be free to the public.

“We acknowledge that assurance, but we still believe a fully functioning Bulli Hospital Emergency Department, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is essential to this area,” said Alison. “We have been offered a meeting with ISLHD next week, and we will take that opportunity to ask some more questions.”

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Media contacts:

Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor,

Ms Kerrie Anne Christian, Co-convenor,

The Devil is in the Detail – Residents Question Urgent Care Centre Model vs Emergency


Save Bulli ED Group

https://savebullied12.wordpress.com/

 Media release : For immediate release – 22 May 2012    Bulli ED 2012/#2

Residents today demanded more details of a proposed Bulli urgent care centre model, placing several controversial “questions on notice” on the table for Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) public forum on Thursday.

“What is an Urgent Care Centre? What are we actually being asked to comment on?” asked Alison Fettell, Convenor of the Save Bulli Hospital Emergency Department Group (Save Bulli ED Group). “In Victoria and South Australia Urgent Care Centres are largely privately-run, do not bulk bill and charge for extras such as Xrays, scans or even prescriptions. Is this what is being suggested for the Illawarra?”

The ISLHD proposal is to downgrade Bulli Hospital Emergency Department from a Level 2 E.D. operating 24 hours a day to an urgent care centre operating for limited hours only. … MORE

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Media contacts:

Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor,

 Ms Kerrie Anne Christian, Co-convenor,

Caloundra Emergency Department closure threat

Youtube : Caloundra Emergency under closure threat ?

Caloundra Emergency under threat in Queensland – who would have thought that growth areas like Queensland would be seeing Emergency Departments under threat of closure – well ???

Then there is Gulgong which was under threat of losing its hospital in 2010 with the then ALP State Government offering an MPF instead :  Youtube clip – lots of signs spotted around Gulgong about their hospital over Easter 2012

And another Youtube clip – this time – 2009 – on Bulli Hospital & Bulli born John Ajaka Lib MLC – NSW Parliament – not sure what he has fought for since March 2011 when Libs regained government

Save BulliED Reps to attend Public Forum on Illawarra Shoalhaven Health Care – May 24 2012

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In their fight to save Bulli Hospital Emergency Department, Save Bulli ED Group Representatives are taking up the opportunity to attend a Public Forum on Illawarra Shoalhaven Health Care on Wednesday May 24 2012. The forum is being arranged by NSW Health ISLHD and will be held at the Wollongong Pioneer Hall.To find out more info go to our  Save BulliED Facebook Page.

We’ll be posting more information over the next few days.

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We will fight for Bulli Emergency Department – Convenor Alison Fettell Media Release

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Save Bulli ED Group 

For immediate release –    Bulli ED 2012/#1 – 17 May 2012

  “We’ll fight for Bulli Hospital Emergency Department”

Frustrated residents have put Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) on notice. The Save Bulli Hospital Emergency Department resident group (Save Bulli ED Group) today demanded the health district engage in true consultation. They claim the community has been excluded from decision making and accuse the health district of downgrading Bulli Hospital Emergency Department by stealth.

The ISLHD core values include “Respect – … Listening is as important as talking. Everyone can make a contribution”. However, even the ISLHD’s own consumer advisory group was told about proposals for Bulli Hospital  only after the Illawarra Mercury broke the story.

Several months later, the ISLHD proposal for Bulli was released at a poorly-advertised community consultation held by ISLHD in March. Their new model was overwhelmingly rejected by every member of the community who was present.

This new model involves downgrading or closing the current 24-hour Bulli Emergency Department. Instead, an urgent care centre in Bulli would treat simple conditions during the day and early evening only. A community consultation process was also announced at the same meeting.

“They said they wanted to downgrade the Bulli Hospital Emergency Department in the very same breath as they promised a consultation process about its future,” Save Bulli ED convenor Alison Fettell said today. “They said they would consult the community, but it seems they’ve already made up their minds.”  …. MORE

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Media contact:        Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor, Save BulliED