Calls ramp up for Rushworth ambulance service
01 March 2021
Member for Euroa and Nationals’ deputy leader Steph Ryan is pushing for a review of Rushworth’s ambulance response times.
Ms Ryan said a gap in ambulance services existed in the southern part of Campaspe Shire.
“The Rushworth community have been lobbying for a dedicated ambulance service for more than a decade,” Ms Ryan said.
“While there are ambulance branches based at Tatura and Murchison, response times often exceed 40 minutes when those ambulances are deployed out of area.
“This of great concern to the community, given there is no emergency care currently in Rushworth.
“Rushworth has two medical clinics but doctors are only available during business hours so during an emergency all help must come by ambulance.
“Last month a lady in Rushworth waited more than an hour and a half for an ambulance with a broken hip and broken shoulder.”
Ms Ryan met with members of the Rushworth community last week to discuss their proposal to house an ambulance at the Rushworth fire station which currently has a spare bay and office space which could be made available to Ambulance Victoria.
“The Rushworth community has put together an extensive proposal which illustrates Ambulance Victoria’s response times do not present the complete picture within the Shire of Campaspe,” Ms Ryan said.
“Locals believe the potential for road accidents in and around Rushworth has escalated over the past two decades, with a significant increase in heavy vehicles, including B-doubles travelling through the town.
“The government also needs to consider the presence of Waranga Basin, which is a popular spot for boating and other recreational activities.”