KDHS AGM shows district’s healthy future

By James Arbuthnott

MORE people will be getting the care they deserve At Kyabram District Health Service thanks to the efforts of the community.

At its November 21 annual general meeting KDHS announced an impressive annual report this year, with the addition of new chief executive Anne McEvoy to take the reins from Peter Abraham as well as the launch of its Investing in the Future community fundraising appeal.

Advancements to the hospital’s infrastructure will include an upgraded theatre complex and the purchase of additional scopes to allow more patients to be treated next year, thanks to half a million dollars from the Victorian Health and Human Services Capital Building Authority.

The Cancer Care Centre and KDHS this year increased its onsite oncologist visits from monthly to fortnightly and has increased its haematology list from monthly to fortnightly after partnering with Goulburn Valley Health.

To support the haematology and oncology services, KDHS expanded its oncology treatment capacity to three days per week, appointed a lymphoedema nurse and will look to appoint a new cancer resource nurse for local support.

The next two years look hopeful for KDHS with the inclusion of an education and training space in the acute ward for staff and students with clinical simulation and breakout spaces and a separate training space for groups of up to 100 for conferences and events.

The urgent care centre will be completely rebuilt with three expanded treatment bays and one private treatment room, and its Sheridan Aged Care remodelled into a boutique hotel-style environment.

The aged care facility will provide a new dedicated library and beauty salon, lounge areas enhanced and improved access over the next two years.

And a brand-new medical clinic is set to be built, complete with 14 consulting rooms, three nurse treatment rooms and a 60-patient waiting room.

Stanhope Health will have three modern consulting rooms, a redeveloped consulting room, waiting area and group/activity room.

KDHS would like to call on the community for support in raising funds for equipment for these projects and asks for donations at or by calling 03 5857 0250.