Loddon Mallee Floods – Community Newsletter

Please find attached community newsletter provided by the Bendigo ICC for distribution.

It provides an update about the flood and safety measures pre & post flood.

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Swan Hill Emergency Department Redevelopment Project

17.11.22

Works have started in McCrae Street with fencing barriers erected but we would like to confirm that  our Community Rehabilitation Centre (CRC) located next door is still OPEN and continues to operate as normal.
We recommend you allow an extra 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment to find a car park as parking is currently reduced along McCrae Street. Where possible you are still able to utilise the drop off and and pick up bay directly in front of the CRC building.

We understand that these ongoing works can be an inconvenience, but you can be assured that we are still here and our wonderful team are ready to continue to provide the high standard of care that our community is used to

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the team on 03 5033 9321.

10.10.22

Health Promotion, Breastfeeding Support, Women’s Health, Dietetics, Diabetes Education, Refugee Health, Sexual Health and Cancer Care services have relocated to 125 Campbell Street for a few years so the old nurses home can be demolished.

In line with the relocation Health Promotion affiliated services will have a name change to “Community Health”

12.09.22

7 new car parking spots available to the public!

From today, Monday 12th September, 7 carparks (including 1 disabled access) are available for public parking in the staff carpark at the back of the Hospital. A 1 hour time limit applies to these parks.

We hope that this provides easier access for the community to our services within the immediate area.

Stay tuned for further updates to be provided on the SHDH Facebook page and via media release.

15.08.22

As many of you would be aware, the Old Nurses Home (60 McCrae Street) is due to be demolished in October. To celebrate the history of the building and acknowledge the many and wonderful staff that resided there over 44 years. SHDH will be hosting the “Old Nurses Home Celebration Event– The End of an Era” on Wednesday 28th September and you’re invited!!

Afternoon tea will be provided along with a brief history of the nursing home, a ED Redevelopment Project update and the opportunity to meet and chat with our Board of Directors. Stories will be told and memorabilia shared to ensure the nurses home receives the farewell it deserves and we look forward to seeing you there!

No need to RVSP- just turn up on the day!

05.08.22

Early works are expected to get underway this month that will be completed by AW Nicholson.

The initial steps will involve demolition and construction of a temporary pathology lab and cafeteria allowing for the main construction works to begin.  

The main construction works expected to get underway in early 2023 will replace the old emergency department and add a four-bed short-stay unit as well as mental health patient care and treatment rooms to support people who may need to isolate.

The project is on track to be completed in 2025 and will create nearly 150 jobs during its peak.

The project is being delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) in partnership with the Federal Government, who are contributing $30 million towards the redevelopment.

https://architectureau.com/articles/designs-released-for-victorian-hospital-revamp/#

08.07.22

SHDH EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT BUILDING RENDER DESIGNS RELEASED

We are extremely excited to share with our community, the much anticipated render designs for the SHDH Emergency Department Redevelopment!

This week, the Minister for Health, The Hon Mary-Anne Thomas released the render designs for the $48.7 million project, which will more than double the number of existing treatment spaces set in a new modern building, an innovative step in the right direction for Swan Hill District Health and the community we serve.

The designs reveal a first look at the new Emergency Department and associated clinical spaces which will create a welcoming atmosphere for patients and their families and will provide a new efficient working space for our staff. These designs have been developed and represented by SHDH Staff User Groups in conjunction with the project Consultant Team.

“We are delighted with the render designs that have been presented. They are the culmination of a lot of dedicated people working together to design the best possible space within the area we have been afforded.” said Chloe Keogh, Acting CEO at Swan Hill District Health, “We are so excited to have reached this stage of the project and look forward to working with our staff and the community on providing a new state of the art Emergency Department for our region and beyond.”

6.05.22

The Emergency Department project has now moved into the Detailed Design phase of the project, which has seen the establishment of key user groups specific to Emergency, Community Health, Occupational Therapy and HARP, Pathology (Austin), Front of House, Security and Café. Key staff representation through all sessions to date has been solid and well represented.

The Detailed Design Phase has an allocation of four (4) workshops for each user group identified. Each workshop is followed up with an Executive group session providing a summary of each workshop and key areas for discussion and decision. Our final Detailed Design Workshop was held last week, following this final week of workshops the consultant team anticipates agreement and sign off of this phase of the project from Swan Hill District Health.

We will then commence with some early works so as to decommission the existing building (old Nurses home) in preparation for the construction phase. Our Early works package includes temporary fit out for Pathology, Café and Community Health staff and their relocation to off site locations for the duration of the project. The project team is currently working on the Construction phasing so as to ensure that while our build is in progress services on site are minimally interrupted.

10.6.21

The new $48.7 Million SHDH Emergency Department development project has officially commenced.

SHDH has held its first meeting for the new Emergency Department development with the Victorian Health Building Authority, the Department of Health and the appointed project consultancy team to officially commence this exciting $48.7 Million project.

The  new Emergency Department development  will include:

  • 15 treatment rooms plus a 4 bed Short Stay Unit
  • A small extension to Radiology
  • A new  entry into the Hospital  with a reception area
  • New  larger waiting areas
  • A new Café
  • Staff office and meeting areas

The project consultants appointed to support this development are:

  • Silver Thomas Hanley- Architects
  • Aurecon – Project Manager
  • Lehr Consultants International (Engineering Services)
  • Slattery (Quantity Surveyor)
  • Philip Chun Building Code Consultants (Relevant Building Surveyor)

The draft Project Program is summarised as follows:

  • Project feasibility & schematic design                                June 2021 to December 2021
  • Design development and contract documentation           January 2022 to July 2022
  • Early building works  to prepare site                                 January 2022 to June 2022
  • Major building works                                                        November 2022 to June 2024

Our Consultancy Team and the SHDH Project Team will be gaining both staff and community input into the project by way of specific User and Working groups through the design and development phase.

The flow chart below provides an overview of how this project will be managed.

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The Old Nurses Home – The End of an Era

Our old Nurses home is about to be demolished to make room for our new Emergency Department so we held and event on 28th September 2022 to celebrate the history of the building and acknowledge the many and wonderful staff that resided there over 44 years.

Over 100 people attended and shared many interesting stories from their time spent in the building.

Margaret (Meg) Irvine has created information from her stay at the Old Nurses Home from 1979 – 1982 titled “If only these walls could talk!”

Also see ABC Website article.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-30/swan-hill-nurses-home-farewelled-redevelopment/101486886?utm_campaign=abc_news_web&utm_content=link&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_source=abc_news_web

Photos from the End of an Era Event

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Relocation Notice

7/10/2022

Our services listed below have been located at 60 McCrae Street however, with the exciting new redevelopment of the Emergency Department and other services, they are moving offsite for a few years as our current building will soon be demolished.

The new location is 125 Campbell Street, and this will be the home of all services from 60 McCrae Street, including those is the Cancer Care Services building.

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Infection Prevention Control Training

The Victorian Department of Health has launched its free, online learning package covering the basic principles of infection prevention and control – IPC eLearning.

IPC eLearning contains content for non-clinical workers across all sectors and has been designed based on our team’s IPC response, education and advice provided during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for vulnerable people and groups. It was developed in partnership with VICNISS, one of Australia’s leading organisations responsible for conducting infection surveillance, prevention and control in acute and aged care.

IPC eLearning includes six short modules – chain of infection, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning, waste and working in an outbreak.

If you interested in completing this training, visit https://www.vicniss.org.au/resources/ipc-elearning-modules/ to access IPC eLearning. The IPC eLearning web page is open access with no log in required and can be viewed on any device.

Modules can be used to supplement existing training, with completion certificates available for each module. Summary sheets are also available to download or print with each module.

Resources:

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COVID-19 Testing Clinic and Vaccination Clinic Information

SHDH no longer provides COVID Testing and Vaccination services.

We encourage our community to continue using Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT’s) for testing purposes. If a PCR is required for Pre-Surgery, the community can continue to have their PCR through Clinical Labs on McCrae Street for free. If a PCR is required for Travel purposes, community can head online to clinicallabs.com.au to book and pay for a test.

Our community is reminded to report positive RAT test’s through: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/report

COVID vaccinations continue to be available through local pharmacies and GP Clinics. Contact them for further information

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Cancer Services

Swan Hill District Health provides a number of services in the area of cancer care; our care is designed to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for patient and families with a greater focus on overall care including physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.  We have a team of visiting Medical Oncologists from the Bendigo Cancer Centre that come to Swan Hill once a month to provide face to face services for their clients without the concern of having to travel.  Whilst your care may not be under the Bendigo Cancer Centre we also have a number of other services to assist cancer patients and there families in the Swan Hill region.

Chemotherapy

Staffed by specialist chemotherapy nurses, under the guidance of Bendigo Cancer Centre oncologist’s. Available from Tuesday—Friday.

Telehealth Oncology

Along side the monthly oncology visit we also provide monthly telehealth session between client/family oncologist and chemotherapy nurses.

McGrath Breast Care Nursing Services

Service managed by a specialist breast care nurse. Provides supportive care for clients and families following a diagnosis of breast cancer. Available Monday to Thursday with alternate Tuesdays.

Cancer Care Coordinator

Provides supportive care for people diagnosed with cancer and their families. There as a support, advocate and contact for patients and families, when diagnosed with cancer. Available Tuesday – Thursday.

Lymphoedema Services

Run by a lymphodema trained physiotherapist where patients are provided with education and management advice for those people with or at risk of lymphedema.

Oncology Exercise Group

Offered to patients undergoing cancer treatment or within 12 months of completing.  Appropriate exercise has shown to help manage some common side effects of fatigue, loss of muscle mass, speed up recovery and to improve your quality of life.  Available Monday and Wednesday.

Wig Service

Swan Hill District Health is the lead agency for the coordination of the vital local Wig Service.  A local hairdresser will work with you to help choose, order and fit your wig.

Allied Health

We have a number of allied health services that can also assist you throughout your treatment including physiotherapy, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, dietitians, speech pathologists, social work and counselling.

Advance Care Planning

Enable you to share with your family, doctor and those close to you, your preferences, beliefs and values in regards to your future healthcare. Available Fridays

Palliative Care

Is specialised care and support provided in the community for someone living with a life threatening or life limiting illness. It is designed to improve quality of life for clients, their families and caregivers.

We offer services for prevention via community education and clinical services for National screening programs such as the Cervical Screening Test.

Cancer patients can receive support and treatment from our medical and multi-disciplinary team to ensure optimal care within the Swan Hill region.

For enquiries on any of these services, please contact:

Cancer Care Coordinator

Tuesday – Thursday

125 Campbell Street, Swan Hill

Phone: (03) 5033 9201

Or go to our Cancer Services page

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CELEBRATING NAIDOC WEEK 2022

NAIDOC week brings an opportunity for us to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. At SHDH we are absolute in our determination to improve the health and well-being of the First Nations community we serve. In doing so, we are committed to providing a welcoming and culturally inclusive environment for the local community across our entire health service. In line with this years theme, we pledge to Get Up, Stand Up and Show Up for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders across all generations and we hope you can join us in doing the same… #NaidocWeek2022

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