(CGHS) is located in south east Victoria and is the major provider of health and community services in Wellington Shire. Services are based in Sale (population approximately 14,000), Maffra (4,000) and the towns of Heyfield (1,600) and Rosedale (1,100) The total population of the Shire is approximately 42,000, making it the third largest local government area by size in Victoria, and is characterised by strong agricultural, timber, aviation (private/ Defence Force) and tourism sectors.
The main hospital site is located in Sale which is where prevocational medical training is situated. The CGHS Acute Care Division provides acute care as part of an integrated service with 97 acute beds across three campuses (Sale, Maffra and Heyfield), 209 nursing home and hostel beds and 98 independent living units. Services include:
- General surgery, orthopaedics, urology and ENT;
- General medicine, gastroenterology, respiratory;
- Cardiac & critical care services;
- Obstetrics & gynaecology, domiciliary midwifery, ante-natal pre-admission services
- Paediatrics and a level 2 neonatal nursery;
In 2012-2013, there were 12,321 admissions to the hospital. Approximately 23% of admissions are emergency admissions and 57% are admitted for same day treatment. There were 17,123 attendances at the Emergency Department, a 5% increase since 201-2011. The hospital statistics for admissions, procedures and Emergency Department attendances for both Bairnsdale and Sale, provided by the Department of Health, are shown below. Data for Latrobe General Hospital are shown for comparison.
The practice has four partners and four part-time associates. There are usually four receptionists and three practice nurses on duty. A number of the GPs provide anaesthetic and obstetric services and admit patients to the hospital GP ward.
The practice is located in a large, modern, purpose-built medical centre, centrally situated in Sale. There are eleven consulting rooms, a large nursing complex (including a casualty-type area), an audio room and one procedure room. Gippsland Pathology has a collection centre on site.
Around 750 patients are seen each week. The practice is fully computerized and uses Medical Director as a clinical package and Pracsoft as an accounting/appointment package.
The Centre is accredited for Registrar, medical student and PGPPP training. Tutorials are held regularly and usually rotate through the partners. Medical education is encouraged through educational meetings held weekly at the Hospital and many other local meetings including satellite broadcasts.