West Gippsland Healthcare Group releases 2021/2022 Annual Report

West Gippsland Healthcare Group has released the 2021/2022 Annual Report showing another breakeven operating result for the year.

The Annual Report outlines West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s activities and performance from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 and provides detailed financial statements about the organisation.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group launched its 2021/2022 Annual Report during an online Annual General Meeting which was held this afternoon (Wednesday 22 February 2023).

West Gippsland Healthcare Group Board Chair Christine Holland said the past year was another challenging year largely dominated by COVID-19.

“Once again, our health services and our aged care facilities were locked down and elective surgery was impacted,” Ms Holland said.

“There was a focus on immunisation with the Goods Shed testing clinic administering almost 25,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the time it closed its doors in late June.

“Despite the challenges, our staff have shown resilience and commitment to their service to our community. The efforts and good will are never taken for granted and we thank them for all they do.”

Chief Executive Officer Dan Weeks was pleased to welcome back many volunteers with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

“The support that is given by volunteers throughout our health service is invaluable and we thank them.

“The opportunity shop Auxiliaries at Drouin and Trafalgar continued to thrive and provide much needed support.

“The support from donors, service clubs and groups continues to fund much needed services and equipment and we are delighted to recognise major contributors in our Annual Report.”

The number of hospital admissions decreased for the first time in many years, down 2% to 17,002.

This was due to a significant reduction in theatre activity as a result of COVID-19, and intermittent bed closures in the wards due to staff pressures.

With inpatient bed numbers limited and operating at capacity, there was much focus on managing patients on a same day basis or in the community.

Emergency Department presentations increased by 2% to almost 25,000.

Our birth numbers of 958 was very similar to last year and within the 1000 birth cap we imposed in 2014 for safety reasons and to ensure access for our local community.

Our Allied and Community Health based services adapted to service delivery in a COVID-19 environment.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group significantly increased telehealth and virtual appointments, and we were one of the few community-based services that continued to offer face to face assessment in a COVID-19 safe environment.

For more on West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s Annual Report 2021/2022, visit www.wghg.com.au

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