Acute Health Services...
Orbost Regional Health provides medical, obstetric, minor surgical theatre and dialysis services from the hospital. The Acute Ward also provides palliative and respite care.
Facilities include rooms of one or two beds, telephones and TV’s to all beds. Visiting hours are flexible with a patient rest period between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm daily.
For information on any of these services please call 03 5154 6666
Other services available through the Acute Medical Services are detailed below...
Urgent Care (24 hours)
An unfunded but fully equipped emergency department operates 24 hours per day to manage medical emergencies and serious accidents. Nursing staff with advanced practice skills are on duty at all hours with doctors on call after hours. If patients are able and their condition is not life threatening, then they should attend the medical clinic during business hours in preference to attending at the hospital.
If a child or seriously ill patients are in hospital a parent/partner may board in at the hospital for a fee; meals are a separate cost.
Hospital patients may be referred to the Cardiac Rehabilitation program if this is appropriate to their ongoing care. Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides assessment, support & education for both medical & surgical cardiac patients. A monitored exercise and education group meets on Thursday afternoons 1pm to 2:30pm over a 12 week course.
Director of Medical Services
Safety & Quality issues are monitored by the subregional Director of Medical Services who attends 6 weekly to oversee the medical administration policy and practice.
Orbost Regional Health has the capacity to operate 3 dialysis chairs over 6 days with dialysis trained nursing staff. The service is also available for emergency treatment and holiday makers.
If you wish to use our holiday service please provide one (4) week's notice to ensure adequate time for contact with your doctor, appropriate medical details are collected and staff is available.
Medical, Surgical and Theatre
Orbost Regional Health supports medical inpatient services with 15 beds for elective and emergency admissions; low risk surgical services. There are single and double rooms available according to the service needs of the patient. More serious surgical and medical conditions are able to be transferred to a more appropriate health service via ambulance (road or air) once stabilised. ORH is staffed by qualified nursing staff who are experienced rural nurses. There is always a midwife on duty.
A needle exchange program operates from the Community Health Nurses office during the day. For after hours service, kits are available from the Nurses Station in Hollands Wing acute ward at the hospital.
Nursing at Orbost Regional Health is a diverse and challenging occupation. As part of the ORH multipurpose service our hospital has 15 acute beds and 15 aged care beds.
We also provide the community with a 3 chair haemodyalises unit and outpatients / emergency department.
Our operating theatre is open one day per week in which we provide basic surgical services plus emergency surgery, ENT and dental surgery as required.
The midwifery team provides the support for our approximate 40-50 births per year, a service the whole community benefits from.
ORH also provides nursing services in Home Based Services, Family (Maternal) and Child Health, Community Based Nursing and in our purpose built onsite Medical Clinic.
For more information regarding to nursing at Orbost Regional Health - please contact any of the following people:
Nurse Unit Manager: Kim Griebenow email Kim
Director of Nursing: Please contact Reception on (03) 5154 6666
The health service provides limited outpatients services by arrangement with Orbost Regional Health Medical Clinic doctors outside of business hours. Patients may be asked to attend Outpatients for ongoing treatment or ring the hospital on 03 5154 6666 for urgent medical treatment after hours.
Palliative care can be offered either within Hollands Wing Acute Ward or in the home situation. (See Nursing).
Gippsland Pathology Services provides a Pathology Collection service within ORH premises. This service operates Monday to Friday 8am to 11am (except public holidays). There are no appointments available for this service.
The Radiology department at Orbost Regional Health provides Medical Imaging services on site each Wednesday, with a visiting qualified radiographer.
In emergencies our Local Doctors are also able to perform X-Rays.
Orbost Regional Health provides General Radiography which includes X-Rays of the head, teeth, chest, abdomen and extremities.
All Radiology appointments require a GP, Dentist or Specialist Referral.
Patients need to bring their Medicare / Pensioner / Healthcare Cards on the day of the appointment.
To make an appointment contact Reception, Monday - Friday from 8.00am - 5.30pm on (03) 5154 6666.
For General Information on X-Rays click below
Information on General X-Rays (Diagnostic Imaging)