Three people attended the community forum at Minlaton prior to the May HAC meeting. Issues discussed included the role of Health Advisory Councils throughout the State, services available in the home for aged and frail people, the problems associated with transport to access services in rural areas and the possum problems in the Melaleuca Court gardens.
The meeting was attended by Roger Kirchner, Regional Director, Yorke and Lower North. Roger provided an update on several matters including the future of Medicare Locals. He also provided a newsletter on all services in the region which included the recent mouse plague that affected Maitland Hospital recently. Director of Nursing, Tracy Haynes reported that the hospital is now back to normal with no mice inside the facility. Bait traps have been installed outside and it is hoped that the problem will be over soon. Staff were praised for their efforts in dealing with the plague.
Maitland Hospital has recently received new/replacement items including new low/low beds, wardrobes and chairs for the Chappell Wing courtesy of the Flinn Bequest. The Reception area has also been upgraded and painted. A bathroom is also to be renovated. Sharon Godleman, Director of Nursing at Yorketown Hospital, gave a report on the GP situation in Yorketown which is currently operated by Medicare Local with support from Dr Kokar. She also reported that there are 33 residents in Melaleuca Court.
A joint meeting with the NYP HAC is to be arranged, probably during June.
The June YP HAC meeting is scheduled for 4 June in the SA Ambulance Service building at Yorketown. The community Forum will commence at 1.30 pm.