Business as usual at Tailem Bend District Hospital

Friday, 9 December 2016

Country Health SA and the Coorong Health Advisory Council have moved to reassure the local residents that Tailem Bend District Hospital will continue to provide vital services to the community.

Regional Director of the Riverland Mallee Coorong Region, Wayne Champion, said that the locums will continue to staff the Tailem Bend Medical Centre while an expression of interest process for service delivery is underway.

“The aim of the expression of interest process is to ensure ongoing access to GP services locally for the Tailem Bend community,” Mr Champion said

The Presiding Member of the Coorong Health Advisory Council, Annie Jager, added that it continues to work with all parties to ensure delivery of the best health care for the growing local community.

“The Tailem Bend District Hospital relies on having medical officers in the Clinic to support it,” Ms Jager said.

“It is an exciting time for the Tailem Bend community and it is important that we retain all of our medical facilities.”

Mr Champion and Ms Jager were both confident that the expression of interest process, which relates only to the Tailem Bend Medical Centre and not to the Hospital, would deliver further stability and continuity of care for the community.

“The Coorong HAC is confident that this process will offer improved services for the Tailem Bend Community,” Ms Jager said.

“We will find a suitable tenderer for the Medical Centre, ensuring appropriate support for inpatients and aged care residents at Tailem Bend District Hospital,” Mr Champion added.

“In the past, GPs who have practiced from the Tailem Bend Medical Centre have provided emergency and inpatient services at Tailem Bend District Hospital.”

“These arrangements will continue in the future with the successful tenderer.”

Mr Champion said the closing date for expressions of interest has been extended to Monday 12 December 2016.

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