Hepburn and Kyneton health services could be combined under a move by the centres to “improve patient care and improve health outcomes”, and say services will not be negatively impacted.
According to a statement from the health services, the proposal aims to enhance the capability of the health services to meet the needs of the community and follows on from the two health care providers sharing a CEO for the past two years.
Hepburn Health has a clinic in Clunes, as well as Daylesford and Trentham and Creswick.
CEO of Hepburn Health Service and Kyneton District Health, Maree Cuddihy said the move will not negatively impact the health services and that there will be no loss of services or staff.
“With smaller rural health services they can have sole practitioners, so if that person leaves, the replacement can be difficult and so bringing the health services together means that we can combine resources, such as corporate functions,” she said.
“This may also create more attractive roles for our allied health staff
“Over the last couple of years the cooperation and collaboration between the health services has worked for us and where we’ve had a vacancy with short notice with one organisation, we’ve been able to help out with the other and our health services are strengthened because of that.”
A consultation session is being held in Clunes on Friday, March 1 at The Warehouse, to RSVP, contact [email protected] or phone 5321-6500.
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