Urgent Care Centre
The Urgent Care Centre at our Castlemaine campus is open 24 hours daily. The centre is staffed by nurses with access to on-call GPs as needed. Some nurses are Rural Isolated Practice Nurses with specialised assessment and treatment skills; for example, they can do minor suturing and independent treatment of patients following specific care pathways. The centre provides care for minor illnesses and injuries. Telehealth options are frequently used after hours to support patient care. In an emergency, the centre offers initial resuscitation and life support to patients in critical condition before transferring them to a larger hospital.
The Connolly Unit is named in honour of Dr G. T. Connolly, who pioneered rehabilitation for older people when he was a medical officer in the 1970s. The unit offers patients a wide range of beds and services following surgery or other serious medical events. There are also a number of Geriatric Evaluation and Management beds available for improving the functioning of older people with complex health needs. Rooms are shared, with ensuite facilities and visiting medical officers, specialists, nurses and allied health practitioners all delivering services. Transitional Care beds are also within this unit, which can support people as they return to their homes.
Dhelkaya Health’s Maternity Services offers local pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenting care for healthy women with normal pregnancies. Our team of midwives provide Midwifery Group Practice or caseload midwifery care. One midwife will care for you throughout pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. The Midwifery Group Practice midwives will be on-call 24 hours a day for your labour and birth and to help you with urgent concerns. Midwives work closely with a team of local GP obstetricians who provide on-call care 24/7 if required and the regional health service Bendigo Health. Shared care is also available, where you have some of your pregnancy care visits with your midwife and some with your GP.
Dhelkaya Health specialises in elective general, orthopedic, plastic and reconstructive, gynaecological ophthalmology, urology, and oral surgeries. Two operating theatres at the Castlemaine campus are equipped for minor and intermediate-level surgery. The majority of procedures are day visits or short stays. Our visiting consultant surgeons and specialist anaesthetists are highly skilled and attached to large tertiary hospitals. If you need a surgical procedure, please see your GP for a referral to see one of our visiting surgeons. All surgical lists are managed in liaison with the surgeon’s rooms.
George Ray Ward
The George Ray Ward was built with the generous assistance of the Ray Family. The ward comprises four beds for medical, palliative care and transitional care program admissions. There are two single bedrooms sharing a bathroom and a two-bedroom room with a shared bathroom. Visiting medical officers, specialists, nurses, and allied health practitioners provide care to patients.
The Geroe Unit is named after Dr George Geroe, a distinguished GP and surgeon who spent over four decades practising in Castlemaine. The unit comprises a flexible mix of beds for medical, surgical, urgent care and maternity clients. The Geroe Unit also has several medical procedural chairs and day-stay surgical chairs. Rooms come in single and shared, all with ensuite facilities. Visiting medical officers, specialists, nurses, midwives, and allied health practitioners provide medical, surgical, maternity and urgent care services.
Minor Injuries and Illnesses Clinic
A clinic that treats minor injuries and assesses and cares for conditions not serious enough for an Urgent Care Centre or Emergency Department.