Central Gippsland Health Service Acute Care Division provides acute care as part of an integrated service delivery model across Wellington Shire and beyond. The service provides 74 acute beds across three campuses (Sale, Maffra and Heyfield).

Acute services include General Surgical plus specialties such as Orthopaedics, Urology, Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat, Gynaecology, General Medical with specialty supports for Gastroenterology, Respiratory, Cardiac and Critical Care Services, Obstetrics (including Domiciliary Midwifery and Antenatal Pre-Admission Services), Level 2 Neonatal Nursery, and Paediatrics.


Cardiology Department

The Cardiology Department offers a range of out-patient and in-patient services including ECG recordings, exercise stress tests, nuclear scan stress tests, 24 hour ambulatory and blood pressure monitoring, event monitors and pacemaker testing.


Critical Care

Central Gippsland Health has a six-bed Critical Care Unit providing coronary and intensive care facilities to treat a range of heart, respiratory and other conditions. It serves local people and is a referral centre for East and South Gippsland. The Critical Care Unit treats around 550 to 600 patients a year, and provides critical care training in the form of a Graduate Diploma in Critical Care, affiliated with Monash Medical Centre.

The Critical Care is well equipped, including with a central monitoring station which enables staff to read information from patients in CCU and also in other wards as necessary.


Day Procedure Unit

Central Gippsland Health Service has an 11-bed Day Procedure Unit, open from 7.30 am until 8.30 pm Monday to Friday. The unit is staffed by Registered Nurses who admit, prepare, recover and discharge each patient. Dental services The dental team includes two dentists, two dental nurses, a dental technician and a receptionist. The function of the Dental Department includes provision of community dental services for eligible community members predominantly children and low income disadvantaged groups.

Services include routine dental diagnosis and treatment and prosthetic treatments. Clients are prioritized in accordance with the Dental Health Services Victoria treatment protocols which aim for equity of service to clients particularly in this area of high demand. The dental reception telephone number is 5143 8669.



The six-machine Dialysis unit, a satellite centre for St Vincent's Hospital, provides haemodialysis for people in Central and East Gippsland as well as visitors to the region. There is a high level of emphasis on education and training of patients and staff, and involvement in community health awareness programs. To enquire about regular or holiday dialysis, contact staff on (03) 5143 8170.


District Nursing

The team of District Nurses provides home based general nursing care, on-call palliative care nursing and are contracted to provide nursing care for Hospital in the Home clients.


Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at Sale provides 24 hour emergency care service, treating around 12,600 patients a year.


Hospital in the Home (HITH)

The Hospital in the Home Program is a component of the Home Nursing Unit. Suitably assessed patients are able to undertake part of their care and recovery in their own home. The Hospital in the Home patient remains an in-patient of Central Gippsland Health Service during this period of care and has the same rights and responsibilities as any public hospital patient. There is no cost to participate.

Patient treatment is ordered by the Central Gippsland Health Service medical staff and delivered by the Central Gippsland Health Service Home Nursing service. Where required, other health professionals are involved in patient care. As with all inpatients, close liaison with the treating doctor occurs. Hospital in the Home is suitable to a variety of patients including medical and surgical patients and those requiring intravenous antibiotics or wound management.

After completion of the patient’s Hospital in the Home treatment, the patient is discharged as usual to the continuing care of the General Practitioner.


Medical Imaging

The Department of Medical Imaging provides imaging services to Medicare Practitioners throughout the region. The equipment currently available includes a fourth generation CT scanner, two state of the art Ultrasound machines with colour doppler and a wide range of probes to cover all examinations, Nuclear Medicine Gamma camera, Screening and Diagnostic Mammography, General radiology and screening.

The qualified and experienced staff provide high quality radiological services to the community on a 24 hour on-call basis. Appointments can be made by contacting the Health Service on telephone 5143 8620.

Medical imaging has a range of modern equipment that helps provide excellent services to the local community.



The Oncology department operates within the hospital to provide support and administer chemotherapy treatments for patients. It works in close association with the Medical Unit, Central Gippsland Health Service Palliative Care Service and the Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Service.

A palliative care facility located in the Medical Unit is available to patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, where family and carers who wish to continue caring for the patient receiving appropriate nursing support.


Operating Rooms

The Operating Room suite consists of three operating theatres which provide 24 hour emergency service. Hours for elective surgery are 8.30 am until 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday. A wide range of elective and acute surgery, including general, orthopaedic, gynaecological, ENT, ophthalmology and urology is performed in theatres 1 and 2. A variety of endoscopic procedures are performed in theatre 3, including gastroscopy, colonoscopy and ERCP.

The operating theatres are supported by a multidisciplinary team of more than 40 staff including visiting surgeons and anaesthetists. The operating room suite also includes a post-anaesthesia care ward (recovery room).


Pathology (provided by Gippsland Pathology)

The Pathology Department provides a range of diagnostic tests to both inpatient and community based patients. The department is open for patient reception from 8.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, and an after hours an 'on-call' service is provided.



The Pharmacy Department is staffed by pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacist and pharmacy technicians. The department is open from 8.30am until 5.00pm Monday to Friday, with an on-call pharmacist providing after hours and weekends service.

The wide range of services offered include:

  • imprest drug distribution
  • clinical ward pharmacy services
  • IV additives and TPN
  • cytotoxic drug preparations
  • radiopharmaceutical preparations
  • drug information
  • drug trials
  • outpatient dispensing
  • medical and nursing staff education
  • regional pharmacy services to smaller hospitals and private hostels


Maternity and Paediatric Services

Central Gippsland Health Service has a Level 2 Special Care Nursery, with high and low care cots. It provides care for babies requiring incubator care either because they are sick or pre-term, or with complications requiring oxygen therapy or cardio-respiratory monitoring. On average around 450 babies are delivered each year. Lactation staff assist with the establishment and maintenance of breastfeeding.

Childbirth Education sessions, an antenatal pre-admission clinic and a domiciliary service are provided.




The paediatric section at Central Gippsland Health Service received a facelift, with a bright new mural lighting the day for young patients. The mural was designed by one of the Engineering and Maintenance team, painter Brooke Jarvis and she and another m