The Lorne Community Hospital urgent service provides 24 hour care.
The urgent care service commences with nurse triage (the process of determining the priority of patients’ treatments based on the severity of their condition), comprehensive assessment and advanced life support. The Lorne Medical Centre provides 24 hour on call medical care to support the service.
Lorne Community Hospital has pioneered many significant advances in rural and remote urgent care including;
- Onsite X-ray service which relays directly to relevant senior consultants in Geelong.
- Telehealth facilities which provide a direct link to specialist doctors, particularly in an emergency.
- Rural and Isolated Practice Endorsed Registered Nurses (RIPERNS) with advanced clinical skills able to initiate clinical management when a doctor is unavailable on-site.
Transfers are arranged if specialised medical or surgical management is required. Fees for medical care and ambulance transport may be charged by the provider.
Emergency Department Factsheets
Emergency department factsheets provide condition-specific health and medical information for people attending the emergency department. They are designed to assist communication between emergency department clinicians and patients and/or carers. http://www.health.vic.gov.au/edfactsheets/
The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights
The charter describes the rights of patients and other people using the Australian health system. These rights are essential to make sure that, wherever and whenever care is provided, it is of high quality and is safe. http://www.health.vic.gov.au/patientcharter/charter.htm