Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase sterilising services from St Vincent's Private Community Hospital Griffith (SVPCHG) for Griffith Base Hospital (GBH) and public regional services.
Chief Executive Jill Ludford said the benefit of the shared services includes a state-of-the-art sterilising unit with capacity for both the private hospitaland current and projected patient activity at GBH.
The new sterilising equipment at St Vincent's Hospital has the capacity to support the surgical activity across both hospitals now and into the future.
The shared service will see technology improvements, including digital enhancements with the introduction of instrument tracking and bar coding.
“MLHD will continue working with St Vincent’s Health Australia and Griffith City Council to expand healthcare services available to people from the Griffith and surrounding communities,” Ms Ludford said.
“We assure the community Griffith Base Hospital will continue to provide a critical role as the public base hospital for the people of Griffith and surrounding areas, providing services including emergency and acute care, elective surgery and maternity,” she said.
The agreement has an initial term of five years with the option to extend for another five years.
The five GBH Sterilising Unit staff have been offered other employment opportunities or the option of redundancy packages if they wish.