This week members of the community have expressed outrage on hearing the proposal of more changes to the services and facilities at Griffith Base Hospital, one that services some 80,000 people in the city and surrounding towns.
It began with a call for help from resident Doctor Narayanan Jayachandran letting the community know, thru social media, that changes to the pathology department were being proposed also with claims it was being done without consultation with staff who may be affected.
With questions being raised to NSW Health on what decisions are exactly being made and what this means for the hospital and community, the department responded with what seemed to be some conflicting information on what was originally raised by the resident doctor.
Doctor Narayanan Jayachandran and other members of the Medical Staff Council then drew up a letter for the Minister for Health and the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) on changes that have been made over time to Griffith Base Hospital and highlighting how those changes have affected the hospital and the services it provides.
In response the Chief Executive of Murrumbidgee Local Health District Jill Ludford has released a statement:
Murrumbidgee Local Health District acknowledges the concerns raised by the Griffith Base Hospital (GBH) Medical Staff Council.
I have met with the doctors this week and we will continue to work through each of their issues with them.
Griffith Base Hospital’s role in providing emergency care, maternity, paediatric and specialist services for the region are paramount and our intention is to increase the range of services available.
In recent improvements, the hospital is purchasing a new CT scanner, recruiting two new surgeons, a new social worker is being recruited and a new model of maternity care is being introduced.
The $35 million redevelopment funding recently announced by the Health Minister will see enhanced services for the community, including renal dialysis, oncology and intensive care.
The changes announced by NSW Health Pathology will not mean patients will have to travel to Wagga Wagga for pathology services.
Griffith Base Hospital has and will continue to play a vital role in our network of hospitals across the district.