What’s new?

Board positions now open

Applications are invited for part-time board positions with Castlemaine Health and Maldon Hospital.

Maldon Health and Castlemaine Health have commenced discussions regarding a potential voluntary amalgamation. Should the boards decide to pursue a voluntary amalgamation and it is approved by the Minister for Health, applications to both boards will be considered for the board of the potential successor entity.

Applicants will be advised if a voluntary amalgamation is progressed and approved. The closing date for applications is Monday, 29 November 2021.

For information on how to apply, please visit www.boards.vic.gov.au or call Marina Scott on 5471 3401.

Community engagement – have your say

The Boards of Maldon Hospital and Castlemaine Health have jointly agreed to explore the potential benefits of unifying the two services. We have an idea of what a new unified service could look like, but we need to hear from the communities of Mount Alexander so we can respond and plan for a shared future.

We’ve published a short survey asking for your views on what services are important to you, and the possible benefits of a voluntary amalgamation. The survey is open until Sunday 28 November 11:59pm and the findings will be reported back to the community following completion.

Fill out the survey

Another way to have your say is to attend an event in person:

  • Sunday, 14 November – outside the IGA/Maldon Butchers
  •  12, 15 and 19 November at Maldon Hospital (email communities@maldhosp.vic.gov.au or call 5475200 to RSVP or just drop in on the day)

Healthcare for the communities of Mount Alexander

Maldon Hospital and Castlemaine Health have worked together for 42 years to deliver complete healthcare and wellbeing services across the communities of Mount Alexander.

We share a CEO, workforce and many services and are always looking for other ways we can collaborate for the benefit of all.

Over the last few months, we have started making changes, big changes, to the way we deliver healthcare in this region. We believe that together we can deliver better healthcare, closer to home and enhance services in our region, now and into the future.

With strong support from hospital staff, we changed the way we deliver urgent care at Maldon Hospital. CHIRP Community Health also integrated with Castlemaine Health, which will ensure more equitable access to community health and wellbeing programs to the communities of Mount Alexander.

We now want to make sure Maldon Hospital can continue to build on its proud 161-year history of care in Maldon, with the same name, same historic building and connection to the community.

It’s time to build on this collaboration – in fact, it’s overdue. We are acting to make our health resources work better for everyone and building on our long history of close cooperation.

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2021 Remembrance Service of Reflections and Memories 

Maldon Hospital offers up our Remembrance Service of Reflections and Memories as an online video.

Continuing COVID-19 restrictions require everyone to be flexible, responsive and creative. We are no different. Our annual memorial service can be watched by family, friends, staff and the local community.

The service, which began in 2019, brings together loved ones to remember and give thanks for the lives of patients, residents and clients of Maldon Hospital who died between 1 December 2019 and 30 November 2020.

 

Changes to Maldon Hospital Urgent Care Response

Maldon Hospital is changing the way it is delivering urgent care to its community. From this Friday, 17 September, the hospital will no longer run an Urgent Care Centre.

Castlemaine Health CEO Sue Race said, “The hospital will still be providing urgent care to our community, but there will be some differences. In any emergency, nothing changes – if you require immediate emergency care dial 000 and an ambulance will be called.

“If you require non-emergency care, call the hospital. We will advise you on whether to come in for assessment and first aid at Maldon Hospital or direct you to another health service such as Castlemaine Health or Bendigo Health.

“The main change is that we will no longer have the capacity to provide advanced life support at Maldon Hospital.”

Attendance at the Urgent Care Centre has been declining in recent years with around five people visiting the centre each month, and many Maldon residents already opting to attend Castlemaine Hospital or other health services for injuries or illness that need attention.

Board Chair of Maldon Hospital, Vanessa Healy said, “Maldon Hospital and Castlemaine Health have a close relationship, sharing a CEO and many staff, and with Castlemaine Hospital just 15 minutes away it makes sense that we should be sharing our resources.”

She added, “With a changing demographic, we need to ensure the way we operate best reflects the way our community uses the hospital and allows Maldon Hospital to support our aged care residents, our people and manage clinical risk.

Read the FAQs to find out more.

New Transitional Care Program

Maldon Hospital is pleased to offer the community Transitional Care Program. This program supports local people transitioning from acute hospital or rehabilitation stays, to either home or an aged care facility. We can assist with time limited services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy or assistance with hygiene until you meet your goals.

Please contact the District Nurses on 0409 794 182 for more information.

COVID 19 UPDATES


Key points – November 18th 2021

The Acting Chief Health Officer has determined that from 11:59pm last night, Thursday 18 November, nearly all remaining restrictions would be lifted state-wide for fully vaccinated people.

There are also changes to self-quarantine obligations for COVID-19 positive cases and fully vaccinated close contacts of cases that are now in effect. For more information see Your COVID Checklist – What to do if you test positive to COVID-19 or if you have been told you are a contact.

Cases and contacts who already had quarantine and/or testing requirements in place before 11:59pm on 18 November will be able to follow the new rules that apply to their situation.

More information about these changes can be found at: More freedoms to come as Victoria hits 90 per cent vax rate

There have been no new changes to rules around visiting so the following still applies:

Visitors

The Care Facilities Directions will change from 6pm Friday 29 October 2021.  Key changes will include:

  • Visits will no longer be limited to specified reasons
  • Each resident is allowed up to five visitors per day
  • Visits by prospective residents are allowed
  • Visitors are not required to be vaccinated while it is strongly encouraged and recommended
  • Where visitors are not fully vaccinated, all visits should occur either outdoors or in the resident’s own room(s). Unvaccinated visitors should not remain in common areas.

The Directions continue to retain requirements that support safe visits including excluding people who are unwell, requirements to wear masks, check in and make a declaration.

Here at Maldon we are following departmental advice and have implemented a booking system. Visitors are asked to call the hospital on 5479 8600 to book in to visit their loved one. Visitors will be asked to complete QR screening attestation on arrival, with a  green tick sited by staff prior to entry. All visitors need to wear a mask at all times, unless they have a medical exemption, and goggles or a face shield whilst in the building. Finally, we ask you to please ensure  that you follow social distancing recommendations.

As always, we thank you for helping us keep our residents and staff safe and well.

Links and contacts

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website or call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Face masks:

Please click below for more information:

Where to get tested

If you’re not registered with a local GP clinic or you are experiencing symptoms, the nearest testing facilities are Bendigo Health, Maryborough District Health Service and Castlemaine Community Health

  • Bendigo Health- please look on their web site
  • Castlemaine District Community Health(CHIRP)- please look on their web site

Testing is not undertaken at Maldon Hospital

Older Person Hotline – Coronavirus support

This hotline can provide older people, their family and carers with personal support, answer questions and up to date information on the latest guidelines enacted by the Federal Government.

The Federal Government has indicated older people and carers are welcome to call the hotline on

1800 171 866  to speak to trained staff from a senior’s advocacy organisation.

The front entrance is closed and we ask any visitor to use the buzzer at the After Hours entry, to support screening prior to entry.  All people entering the hospital will be expected to undergo screening and complete an attestation via the QR code reader in the entry.  A green tick must be viewed by staff prior to entering the Hospital  Please note that this is a requirement of the Department of Health.  Staff are able to assist visitors complete their attestation as required.

We know this restriction can be challenging and we understand each family’s situation is different. For exceptional circumstances we encourage families to speak to the Nurse In Charge on that day.

We thank you for your efforts in keeping residents, patients and staff safe.

Volunteers

Our valued volunteers are encouraged to consider their health and safety during the pandemic. Volunteers are invited back once COVID training has occurred. We ask all volunteers to participate in screening. Volunteers are suspended during any lockdown restrictions.

Symptoms

Many people who contract COVID–19 will suffer only mild symptoms. However early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms.

The most common coronavirus symptoms reported include:

  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue or tiredness.
  • Other symptoms include loss of smell or taste, muscle fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea

For more information please go to DHHS website or click here