Health Euroa

Ryan seeks urgent meeting with Health Minister

06 February 2019

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has sought an urgent meeting with Health Minister Jenny Mikakos to urge the government to return x-ray and ultrasound services to Euroa.

“For years, Euroa and its surrounding communities have utilised x-ray and ultrasound services provided by Goulburn Valley Imaging three times a week at the local hospital,” Ms Ryan said.

“The previous mobile imaging service provided convenient, affordable and timely access to x-ray and ultrasound services.

“I have been contacted by a number of constituents and staff at Euroa Medical who are greatly concerned about the barriers this has created for the local community.

“The removal of these imaging services has had a significant impact on the increasing aging demographic of the community with people now having to travel out of town for an appointment.

“Local residents are now facing longer turnaround times and travel costs to access imaging services in other towns including Shepparton, Benalla and Wangaratta.

“There have been reports of family members taking a full day off work to take their elderly parents to an appointment when previously, they would do so during their lunch break.

“Patients unable to drive have been left with no other option but to catch the local bus service that only runs once a day, which means they are having to stay in Shepparton all day awaiting the return coach.

“The removal of these services has been a huge loss for the Euroa community, and I will keep the pressure on the government to restore these services as a matter of urgency.”

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