What is an Aged Care Centre of Excellence ? What can be expected ? What was promised at Bulli ?

Construction of the new Aged Care Centre of Excellence at Bulli is coming along as anyone can see even as they exit the Northern Distributor in Bulli.

So what exactly is an Aged Care Centre of Excellence  – what can be expected – what was promised ?

According to the ISLHD , IRT, Gareth WardRyan Park  & HINFRA :

The new Aged Centre of Excellence at Bulli will deliver:

  • 60 aged care beds managed by Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • 60 residential care suites managed by IRT
  • an Urgent Primary Care Centre that will continue to provide medical services for Northern Illawarra residents and visitors who present with minor illnesses and injuries between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
  • ambulatory care services including medical, nursing and allied health outpatient services
  • on site clinical support services including medical imaging, pathology and pharmacy
  • a range of non-clinical support services including food and nutrition, cleaning and asset maintenance.

The Centre of Excellence will become a leader in the provision of aged care across the Illawarra region.”

Also from Gareth Ward :

“‘’The facility will provide a much better service to the people of the northern Illawarra region, with a focus on geriatric medicine and primary and community health services.”

Letterbox drop leaflet

What else in the Northern Illawarra ? – ISLHD 2012 – 2022 – Media Release

A full range of community based health services will be provided such as child and  family health, wound clinics, chronic disease management and community and home
nursing.

Services available in the Northern Illawarra will include:

Multidisciplinary Geriatrics
Aged Care Assessment and Transition Services
Dental
Emergency primary health care
Physiotherapy
Occupational therapy
Dietetics
Social work
Neuropsychology
Podiatry
Palliative Care
Rehabilitation

Will Bulli’s also include features like in Kiama’s Centre of Excellence in Aged Care – as was reported to include :

“recreational facilities, including a community hall and, through the refurbishment of the heritage-listed Barroul House, a cafe and further communal areas.”

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KPMG & Deloittes recommend 100’s bed to be cut in South Australian Public Hospitals

We are not alone in fighting cutbacks at Bulli Hospital Emergency Department !

Consultants KPMG & Deloittes have recommended 100’s bed to be cut in South Australia http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51693

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