Watson welcomes Labor commitment to Nurse Walk-In Centre for Illawarra region


Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson has welcomed the announcement that a Nurse Walk-In Centre will be established in the Illawarra region if NSW Labor is elected in March.

“This is a great health policy initiative by NSW Labor and will play a role in reducing waiting times in emergency departments at local hospitals.

“Our aim is to substantially reduce the call on emergency departments by having qualified nurses’ deal with common ailments which do not really require urgent, emergency treatment.

“Waiting times at Shellharbour Hospital have blown out with only 65% of patients getting treated within four hours of arrival.
“Patients are already waiting over an hour longer at Shellharbour Hospital to be seen by a doctor than the average waiting times across the State.

“The Nurse Walk-In Centre that we propose to establish in the Illawarra region will help free up local hospital emergency departments to treat urgent cases for medical attention and reduce waiting times”, she said.

NSW Labor will establish four new Nurse Walk-In Centres across NSW, including in the Illawarra region.

Nurse Walk-In Centres will operate from 7.30am to 10pm seven days a week and be located in a local community health centre in high volume traffic area, but not near hospitals.

A Medicare Card will be required for admission and patients will not be charged.

“The NSW Liberals have spent the last 4 years cutting $3 billion from hospitals and any future improvements promised at this election will depend on the sell-off of the State’s poles and wires”, Ms Watson said.

The location of the new Nurse Walk-In Centre in the Illawarra will be determined following consultations with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.
15 February 2015