ISLHD, please clarify your plans for Bulli Emergency Department!

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Media release : 7 September 2012    Bulli ED 2012/#14

ISLHD, please clarify your plans for Bulli Emergency Department!

Save Bulli Hospital Emergency Department Group (Save Bulli ED Group) today responded to recent media statements by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) that services at the Bulli E.D. would “would not be downgraded” except for opening hours.

“We would really welcome a genuine assurance that the Bulli Emergency Department would remain open, but there are so many unanswered questions, things that just don’t add up,” said Caroline Colton, Co-convenor of Save Bulli ED Group.

“We haven’t been able to get any answers on several vital questions. Perhaps our journalists might find out, and tell our community!”

“ISLHD say that the Emergency Department is to remain unchanged except for opening hours. But:

  • ISLHD don’t want to call it an “Emergency Department”, they want to call it an “Emergency and Primary Health Care” centre. If the service is unchanged, what is this about?
  • In the Mercury (28/8/12) the ISLHD was talking about removing the “Emergency Department” sign? Why, if the Emergency Department is to remain open, would you take down the sign?
  • Why won’t ISLHD tell us if emergency doctors will be retained on site? We have met with ISLHD but haven’t been able to get any answer to this question — will our emergency doctors still be there?”

The Save Bulli ED Group has met with ISLHD but there has been no clarity given. Community frustration levels are now running very high.

“The Northern Illawarra community doesn’t agree with any form of downgrading of Bulli Emergency Department, whether to operating hours or otherwise” said Caroline. “The community concern is to keep the Bulli E.D. we have now — which is a fully-functioning Emergency Department, staffed by emergency doctors and nurses, and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

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Media contacts:     

Ms Caroline Colton, Co-convenor
Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor

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