Emergency Planning

For all Emergencies call “000” (Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade)

Lorne Community Hospital has developed and implemented emergency plans in accordance with Australian Standard AS 3745 – 2010 planning for emergencies as part of the solution to our responsibility under state based Occupational Health & Safety Legislation to provide a safe work place.

Emergency planning is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding both natural and manmade disasters. It involves preparedness, response and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters.

Below are some valuable emergency planning procedures that may be put in place before an emergency arises.

 

Ambulance Victoria Membership

Hospital staff would like to emphasise the value of community members and their visitors having a current Ambulance Membership. Ambulance transfers from a rural location like Lorne can be very costly for people without membership. It is common for patients to incur a bill of several thousands for a transfer from Lorne to Geelong, depending on the resources deployed.

Some people may not be aware that if the transfer is from the Lorne Hospital’s Urgent Care Service it is not the Hospital’s responsibility to pay for outpatient transfers to Geelong. Memberships cannot be taken out at the time of use. Some health insurance funds include ambulance membership in their cover, but not all so it is advisable to check what cover you have.

Memberships are inexpensive and can be accessed at www.ambulance.vic.gov.au

Ambulance Victoria operate five emergency helicopters. These are based in Essendon, Bendigo, the Latrobe Valley and Warrnambool. Their primary focus is responding to emergency calls, providing early MICA care at the scene of an accident and rapid transport of critical patients to major hospitals.

Heatwave

A heatwave is a period of unusual and uncomfortable hot weather that could impact on human health, community infrastructure (such as power supply and public transport), and services.

Information regarding heatwave responses, including heatwave planning and the Department of Health’s heat health alerts. Also provides information for health professionals who have a key role in preventing and managing heat-related illness.

A full list of heatwave publications is available for download from this site.

www.health.vic.gov.au/environment/heatwave

Country Fire Authority (CFA)

If you live, work or travel in Victoria this summer, you may be at risk of bushfire. Here you will find essential information and advice to assist you in developing your bushfire survival plan.

www.cfa.vic.gov.au

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE)

The DSE leads the Victorian Government’s efforts to sustainably manage water resources and catchments, climate change, bushfires, parks and other public land, forests, biodiversity and ecosystem conservation.

www.dse.vic.gov.au

The Department of Health (Victoria)

This site has important information for the bushfire season from the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services.

www.health.vic.gov.au 

Fire Services Commissioner Victoria

What You Need To Know About Community Alerting Sirens in Victoria

www.firecommissioner.vic.gov.au