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 COVID-19 Update | Exposure Site

Updated Wednesday 20th October, 2021 at 8.00am

The following location has been identified as a Tier 1 exposure site in Donald:

- Donald Hotel (126 Woods Street, Donald)

Thursday 14 October 2021

6.30pm - 9.00pm

Tier 1

Members of the community who have been directed to test and isolate can access testing at the Donald Campus of East Wimmera Health Service from 11am today, Wednesday 20th October.

This will be a drive up and remain in your car service, with entry via McCracken Avenue.

Other EWHS sites will continue to offer testing by calling the site to arrange a time.

Birchip 5477 7100

Charlton 5477 6800

Donald 5478 6200

St Arnaud 5477 2100

Wycheproof 5478 0700

We will provide further updates as needed throughout the day.

Birchip Campus access update

Hospital care has moved across into the new building at Birchip! There are new temporary arrangements for accessing services that will change again once building work is complete.

From Monday 30 August any hospital admissions or urgent care presentations will occur in the new building. Aged care services remain in Wirrim Lodge and will move across once building works have completed.

Accessing services right now

The Medical Centre is still accessed via the entrance on Morrison St. The newly installed pedestrian ramp will remain in place.

To access urgent care, hospital or for other reasons, use the new entrance located just to the left of the main entrance on Duncan St.

Please don’t use the Ambulance entry bay or Ambulance entry door or the old front doors.

After the building work is finished

The Medical Centre will still be accessed via the entrance on Morrison St.

Once the building process is complete, daytime services will be accessed via the original front doors on Duncan St. The good news is that there are no heavy doors to open because we’ve installed automatic doors to cater for all abilities. This entrance will be used to access the hospital, urgent care and community health services.

After hours, use the new entrance located just to the left of the main entrance on Duncan St.

The site is well supported with signage, but best of all the entrance locations are very similar to the old entrances.

The Duncan St entrances have intercoms to contact staff inside the building when you are seeking to enter.

The Duncan St Ambulance entrance is not a public entrance and should be avoided. Presentations to that entrance will be re-directed to the appropriate entrance.

Kara Court residents and staff commemorated ANZAC day with a service on Friday 23rd April 2021 

The service was performed by Bob Wooley from the St Arnaud RSL. 104-year-old Maud Coates laid the wreath and Mrs Kay Smith played the last post.

Maud was in the services during WW2 from 1942 until 1946 with RAAF.

Maud first started as a clerical assistant at the Engineering school which was located at the Melbourne Showgrounds. The day she started was the day of the Japanese bombing of Darwin.

From there, in 1943, Maud worked in records in Prahran for 6 months and then moved to the RAAF recruiting centre in Preston.

In 1944, Maud worked in canteen services. In this role she was responsible for ordering, accounting and shipment of goods, such as liquor and tobacco to stations in the Southern Command (which included Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania). It was during this time that the Battle of the Coral Sea took place.

Maud also had two younger sisters in the RAAF. One is now deceased and the other lives in Perth and is 102 years old.

Maud is pictured here with Leisure and Lifestyle coordinator Nadia Shtereva and Wynn Battersby, a long standing neighbour and the mother of Mrs. Kay Smith. 

New services available at East Wimmera Health Service

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathologists are trained professionals who assist people with communication issues or swallowing difficulties. These issues can affect a person’s quality of life and can cause other problems if they are not treated.

If you or someone you know, who is 65 years of age or older or for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are 50 years of age or older would like to book an appointment to see the EWHS Speech Pathologist, please call EWHS Central Intake Service on 5477 2222 or go to My Aged Care to make a referral at:

Continence Nurse

Our Continence Nurse can provide a range of services to         assist older community members with continence issues.

If you or someone you know, who is 65 years of age or older or for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are 50 years of age or older would like to book an appointment to see the EWHS Continence Nurse, please call EWHS Central Intake Service on 5477 2222 or go to My Aged Care to make a referral at:

Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights
Supportive resources for the second edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights

The Commission has developed a range of resources to support people to understand and use the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter).
One resource is audio recordings enabling consumers to listen to the Australian Charter.
Right is the link to the audio version of the Australian Charter.

2021 Graduate Nurse Program

East Wimmera Health Service welcomes six new graduates into the 2021 Graduate Nurse Program, having commenced on Monday 1st February, 2021.

The graduates completed Orientation Week at the St Arnaud Campus, prior to commencing rotations across both acute and aged care, across all Campuses.

EWHS congratulates Rachel Downes and Kristy Toohey, both current employees, who successfully completed their Bachelor of Nursing Degree in 2020, and will complete the transition to practice year with the health service during 2021.

Left to right:  Jasleen Kaur, Kristy Toohey, Grace Campagnolo, Emerson Gianfala, Rachel Downes and Aleisha Leane.

Medical Imaging Service at East Wimmera Health Service

A Medical Imaging Service is available two days a week at the St Arnaud Campus and appointments can be made by calling 5477 2241.

Pictured right is East Wimmera Health Service Board Director John Harley utilising the Medical Imaging Services on 16th December, 2020 - knee xray.


What is Advance Care Planning?
Advance Care Planning involves thinking about, discussing with your family and close friends, and possibly documenting what types of health care you may or may not wish to receive - if you become seriously ill and/or unable to speak for yourself. It also makes things easier for your family by preventing confusion and conflict over medical decision making. It is about people taking control of their health care wishes now and in the future. This is especially relevant near the end of life, meaning your specific treatment wishes as well as your goals, values and beliefs are known and can be respected by health providers and those closest to you.
Advance Care Planning involves:
1. Appointing a person, known as a substitute decision maker, who can make health care decisions for you if you are too unwell to do this for yourself.
2. Writing your wishes down in an advance care directive, sometimes known as a ‘living will’.
Advance Care Planning documents are actioned if you are unable to communicate or make informed decisions.
We recommend that your Advance Care Directive are stored in a safe but easily accessible, with a photocopy attached to your fridge so that Ambulance paramedics can easily access your Advance Care Plan when needed.

Who should consider Advance Care Planning?
All people, aged 18 years and over, should consider an Advance Care Plan. While well and healthy, it can be hard to think about treatments that might never be required, but life can change in an instant and difficult medical decisions may need to be made about you. For example, chronic illnesses or unexpected events/accidents. If you were unable to make medical decisions when needed, who would you like to speak for you and what should they decide? These are the benefits of Advance Care Planning.

How to get started with Advance Care Planning?
Your Advance Care Plan can be written on the forms in the Take Control booklet. These booklets are available at all EWHS campuses.
Alternatively, you can download a Take Control booklet at
Talk to your General Practitioner about completing the Advance Care Planning process.
For further information, please contact
Central Intake on 5477 2222.
What is involved with Advance Care Planning?
Advance Care Planning can involve all or some of the following considerations:
• Think about your past health experiences.
• Think about your beliefs, goals and values that are important in your life.
• Think about your current health and possible future health problems.
• Think about what you would want from future medical care.
• Talk to your family and those close to you about these issues.
• Talk to your doctor.
• Choose a substitute decision maker to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do this for yourself - in Victoria this is best done by appointing a Substitute Decision Maker.
• Provide copies of your Advance Care Plan to your family, your Substitute Decision Maker, hospital and your doctor and anyone else who you feel is appropriate.
• Review your plan regularly or as circumstances change.

Fundraising for hospital beds

The EWHS Donald Campus has recently been supplied with 4 King Single beds, a Karaoke machine and an IPad for use within the aged care and acute facility due to the generosity of the Friends of EWHS Donald campus who funded these items. The members of this group were recently invited to the Health Service to acknowledge the purchases and thank them for their ongoing support of the Donald Campus.

In the photo, next to one of the new beds are L-R, Pam Pendlebury, Marj Summerhayes, Lesley Pendlebury, Joan Hardingham, and Marg McLeod

My Health Record

My Health Record is a secure online summary of your key health information.

Over time, My Health Record will bring together health information such as medical conditions, medicines, allergies, test results and hospital discharge summaries in one place.
You can choose who it’s shared with, who can access it and what's in it.

Find out more by clicking the My Health Record hyperlink below.