NCN Health Cobram Theatre Service Permanently Transferred to Numurkah Campus.

Theatre services at Cobram Campus are have been permanently transferred to Numurkah to ensure NCN Health continue to meet rigorous safety standards.

NCN Health Board Chair Tricia Quibell said the permanent transfer of the theatre to the Numurkah Campus would ensure the delivery of high-quality services both now and in the future, while still remaining accessible to the Cobram community.

“We understand the importance of ensuring the community have safe and convenient access to healthcare when they need it. The permanent transfer of theatre services to Numurkah will enhance safety, while also ensuring Cobram residents receive quality health care close to home.”

She said the same level of high-quality care would continue and transport to Numurkah Campus was available for Cobram residents if needed.

“GP’s will continue to refer patients for surgical procedures as normal, patients will be able to attend the pre-anesthetic clinic at Cobram Campus and patients will still access the same surgeons at Numurkah Campus.”

“NCN Health in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service community transport in Cobram can provide support to patients who find it challenging to travel to Numurkah for surgery.”

NCN Health Interim CEO Justin Sullivan said it was not possible to continue to run a safe and efficient theatre service in Cobram.

“Cobram theatre is no longer compliant with infection control guidelines and NCN Health was unable to secure the significant funding required to meet these evolving and necessary safety standards.

He said no jobs would be lost from the permanent transfer of theatre services to the Numurkah Campus and that the health service would like to repurpose the Cobram theatre space with alternative services that could add value to the community.

“Based on the region’s health service plan, the changing health needs of the local community and the existing theatre building, NCN Health is exploring other services for Cobram such as same day cancer services or dialysis.”

“Investigating alternative services for Cobram is a significant project that may take some time. However, we are working with the Department of Health, GV Health and the Hume Health Service Partnership to investigate what is most feasible and beneficial for the local community.”





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