Waranga Health officially opens in Rushworth

By Tara Whitsed

Rushworth’s new health facility has been officially opened, bringing together the township’s acute, primary and community health and aged care services into one building.

Goulburn Valley Health’s Waranga Health $10 million redevelopment was officially announced in 2016 and services began in the new health facility earlier this year.

Previously the services were split over two sites at the Waranga Aged Care Hostel and the Waranga Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home.

GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp welcomed guests and said it was a terrific day for the Rushworth community and GV Health.

“It is a significant milestone and indeed a celebration of the achievement of so many people in terms of reaching this point,” he said.

He provided a brief overview of the history of healthcare in Rushworth, which began during the 1930s when the Rushworth Bush Nursing Hospital opened, and said services had been at the Waranga Memorial Hospital since the 1960s.

Waranga Health Community Reference Group member Clem Furphy said the project had been a long time coming for Rushworth.

“I’d like to acknowledge the community input over many years,” he said.

“So this is the culmination of 18 years of working to try and get this co-location to happen and it is a wonderful thing for me to see it finally come about after all those years.”

Mr Furphy highlighted the quality of care by staff at Waranga Health, particularly during a time when facilities were deteriorating at the Waranga Memorial Hospital.

“The hostel, the nursing home and the hospital were always regarded as having amazingly good quality care by a very dedicated group of people,” he said.

“They did a magnificent job in making the transition as seamless as possible.

“Congratulations to the staff; you’re an absolutely wonderful group of people.”

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp officially opened Waranga Health alongside GV Health board chairwoman Rebecca Woolstencroft and said the new facilities would ensure the seamless care of the Rushworth community.

The event was also attended by Member for Euroa Steph Ryan.