Murrumburrah-Harden Health Service reassures locals the ED is always open

The manager of the Murrumburrah-Harden Health Service wants to reassure all of its patients that they are able to use the Emergency Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Murrumburrah-Harden Health Service manager Kerry Menz (centre) wants to reassure locals the ED is always open.

Murrumburrah-Harden Health Service manager Kerry Menz (centre) wants to reassure locals the ED is always open.

"Murrumburrah-Harden Health Service would like to assure the community the Emergency Department (ED) is always open 24 hours a day, even when a doctor is not available," Murrumburrah-Harden Health Service manager Kerry Menz said.

"Patients who present to ED are assessed and triaged by our highly trained emergency Registered Nurses."

According to Ms Menz the nurses are able to access remote consultation for assistance in treating presenting patients.

"Our ED nurses are supported by a 24-hour remote medical consultation service which links them to a senior emergency medical consultant," she said.

The medical consultant provides all medical advice and support from presentation to discharge or retrieval to specialist care if required.

"The Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) Critical Care Advisory Service also provides support through telephone and remote telehealth cameras," she said.

"As is standard practice, patients needing more acute care are transferred to the nearest appropriate hospital after being triaged."

Ms Menz reminds residents that in an emergency they should call triple zero (000) for an ambulance or attend the ED.

Health advice is available over the phone 24/7 by contacting Health Direct on 1800 022 222 for general advice and information.