Otway Health held the opening to its newly refurbished Resuscitation Room on Thursday 30th March and was pleased to host Richard Riordan, MP, Polwarth alongside Cynthia Scherer from the Give Where You Live Foundation in Geelong. In 2016 Give Where You Live provided over $1.7 million to over 50 organisations in the region to improve health and wellbeing, learning and combat disadvantage.

In 2016, Otway Health received a large grant from the Give Where You Live Foundation to improve the health and wellbeing of the community by improving access to healthcare.

Over $41,000 was donated by the Give Where You Live Foundation to refurbish the Resuscitation Room in the Urgent Care Unit at Otway Health. It is anticipated that this grant will directly impact 1250 local residents and indirectly impact the thousands of others that visit the area annually.

Otway Health’s Urgent Care Unit provides 24/7 health care to the community. The Give Where You Live grant has enabled Otway Health to increase function and efficiency of its Resuscitation Room through upgrading of its equipment and design.

The upgraded equipment has been installed alongside a redesigned space within the Resuscitation Room. This will enable Otway Health to better utilise the existing telehealth unit to engage with specialists outside of the catchment, such as Barwon Health.

The new equipment provides tools to better diagnose and treat patients in the event of them needing to be transferred to a larger hospital.

The upgrades to Otway Health’s Urgent Care Unit will be long lasting and far reaching. The new equipment will continue to provide superior care for the community, providing optimal quality of care for years to come.

The Give Where You Live Foundation grant has enabled Otway Health to refurbish the Resuscitation Room in the Urgent Care Unit by:

  • Replacing 2 outdated Blood Pressure machines for measuring and monitoring blood pressure, heart rate and temperature
  • Upgrading drug and materials trolleys that are secure and purpose built for resuscitation
  • Allocation to replace 2 overhead task lights with new smaller, brighter units to better examine and treat injuries in the Urgent Care Unit
  • Purchasing a bariatric emergency bed to better cater for heavier patients
  • Allocation to widen the door to the x-ray room to allow the easy access of bed trolleys
  • Relocating the existing telehealth service to a private space allowing consultation to occur with dignity and privacy
  • Engaging a health care facility design specialist to ensure the new and existing equipment is placed in the optimal space for maximum efficiency.

During his opening speech, Richard Riordan said that “whenever communities can work together and call on the resources of charitable foundations like Give Where You Live, those resources come together and create something that communities can be proud of and very supportive of and of course they add value to the service as a whole.”

Denise McLachlan, Board Chair Otway Health relays a message of thanks; “On behalf of the Board, CEO and Management of Otway Health, I wish to sincerely thank all of the organisations that support us to deliver healthcare to the community. We acknowledge the generous donation of the Give Where You Live Foundation, who have enabled this wonderful renovation of the Resuscitation Room in Otway Health’s Urgent Care Unit. In doing this we must also acknowledge the ongoing support of two local organisations; the Apollo Bay and District Health Foundation and the Apollo Bay and District Bendigo Bank. These three organisations show us that in a small community such as ours, much can be achieved for quality health care when we all work together.”

Hayley Ancell, Otway Health Nurse Unit Manager says of the renovations that “with this money we have been able to move all the equipment for resuscitation into the one room. We used to have to perform resuscitations in the main urgent care room, often with other patients in the room, which was very upsetting for them. This new room has given us not only a bigger and better workspace but a more efficient one. Now we have updated equipment to help us deliver the best healthcare we can.”


Photo: Denise McLachlan, Otway Health Board Chair, Cynthia Scherer from the Give Where You Live Foundation, Debra Cerasa, Otway Health CEO and Richard Riordan.


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