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22 April, 2020
Connect Health & Community is pleased to welcome the staff and services of the Sandringham Ambulatory Care Centre (SACC) as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the community health provider.
Effective from 30 March 2020, the change sees Connect Health expand its previously small association with the walk-in general practice clinic to full integration within its the health service delivery that will ensure the ongoing provision of non-urgent triage care from Sandringham Hospital.
Connect Health & Community CEO, Amanda Murphy, said the alignment of the two services would bring only benefits to the community as it enabled the potential for a holistic approach to care and recovery.
“Connect Health & Community recognised Sandringham Ambulatory Care Centre as a critical service in our community and is proud to take on this opportunity to ensure delivery of this essential community health service. The alignment with Connect Health’s allied offerings provides us opportunities in the future and we look forward to exploring those together,” she said.
SACC Manager, David Osman, said the team was excited by the opportunities the move under the Connect group would provide.
“Not only will SACC now be able to continue its support of the bayside community and Sandringham Emergency by reducing low-risk patients in critical care, but we are pleased at the opportunity to integrate and expand our service and care delivery to the community,” he said.
The announcement aligns with the Andrews’ government’s Community Health Program Audit of 2018 findings that community health is an essential part of the health sector as providers of essential health and social care services. The Audit resulted in a plan and roadmap for reform that calls for greater alignment between general practice and allied health support.
SACC currently supports the community with GP and nursing care 365 days a week – treating acute injuries and illnesses, including fractures, sprains, lacerations, foreign bodies, wound care and general illnesses presenting at Sandringham Emergency. The service aims to reduce wait times for critical care patients presenting to the emergency department.
The practice operates 7 days per week, 365 days per year 8:00am – 10:00pm from 193 Bluff Rd, Sandringham.
Connect Health & Community provides allied health services including physiotherapy, counselling, community nursing, Gambler’s Help Southern, social support groups and community transport from sites in across south eastern Melbourne.
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