Warley Hospital Closure
The Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, was advised on 13 December that the board of the Warley Hospital has decided that it cannot continue to provide acute and aged care services.
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13 December 2007
I have been advised today that the board of the Warley Hospital has decided that it cannot continue to provide acute and aged care services. Its acute services will cease on 31 January 2008. The board will negotiate with another aged care provider to operate its aged care services.
My paramount concern is for the ongoing safety and welfare of the current residents of the nursing home and any patients of the hospital.
I am meeting with the board of the Warley Hospital tomorrow, Friday, 14 December, to discuss the consequences of this decision and to ascertain whether there are any additional matters that the Australian Government needs to be appraised of.
A key focus of the discussions will be on how to maintain the welfare of current residents of the nursing home through a smooth transition to a new aged care provider. My department is providing support for a clinical adviser and a business adviser, who will be able to support the Warley Hospital through this transition.
My department will also hold discussions with the Victorian Government about the state-funded, collocated, after-hours GP call and clinic services and any issues arising from the closure of the hospital beds.
Following my discussions with the Warley Hospital’s board, I will consider whether any other arrangements need to put in place to ensure the safety and welfare of Warley’s patients and residents, and the wider Phillip Island community.
Contact: Allison Henry 0417 108 362
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