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Collapse Issue 579:<br />09 Oct 2023<br />_____________Issue 579:
09 Oct 2023
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Council withdraws reserve from reclassification process
Ettalong ferry service may not resume for weeks
After-hours medical service announces closure
Umina chosen for Urgent Care Clinic
Baiting program to target wild dogs and foxes
Church holds Blessing of the Pets
Brigade members walk to Little Wobby to fight fire
Ferry wharf trees removed
Four gardens take part in Edible Garden Trail
Varroa mite eradication efforts abandoned
Grants to local groups*
Cooking competition held at Umina CWA*
Shade tree group seeks 'watering angels'
Monthly community breakfast raises funds for hall*
Dementia cafe held last week*
The reward of removing a weed
Crafts centre to hold exhibition and sale*
Food donated to Mary Macs for pets
Pelican Park and cricket club benefit in State Budget*
Official 'farewell' as Jane steps down from presidency*
Heritage boat challenge to run along Woy Woy channel*
Gardening club meets at Umina library*
Marine rescue training*
Rotary club holds Swinging 60s night*
Rotary club holds trivia night*
Council announces second year of 'stable' finances*
Free graffiti removal kits*
Low monthly rainfall for September
Planning Panel insists on boundary landscaping
Proposal for 21 flats in Trafalgar Ave
Submission claims consultant's remarks are offensive
Removal of large street tree approved by planning panel*
Architects show options for Peninsula Plaza
Lions Park future joins other Peninsula consultations
Two petitions oppose Austin Butler reclassification
Little about Peninsula in Strategic Planning Statement*
Reserve is less than a metre above sea level*
C'mon Rik, hit up that nice Mr Minns for some trees
Trees are not the enemy, urban heat is
Keep an eye out for sick pelicans as weather warms
No action on Peninsula heat island health crisis
Change of Hart, but not out of the woods
Yes, no or I don't know*
Aunt moves in to aged care facility to be near neice
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Umina artist wins ephemeral art prize
Musicians support Yes vote*
Patchwork group member showns three recent quilts*
Early childhood educators meet up at St John's
Woy Woy South is 'excelling', says principal
Positive behaviour brings joy, says principal
Call for parents to label jumpers
School raises almost $5000 through skipping challenge
A range of improvements at Woy Woy South*
New roofs on two school blocks
Students take part in netball gala day
Ettalong holds 'shelter in place' drill*
Donations wanted for Christmas raffle*
Ettalong Eagles in zone bowls finals
Woy Woy Lions under-12s show them how it is done
Ettalong charity bowls raises $1000
Outrigger club attends first regatta for season
Bunnies to hold annual general meeting*
Cricket club receives grant for mobile scoreboard*
Cycling club holds two rides from Woy Woy
Bridge club announces Saturday 'best three' winners
Fab Fenton hosts sports trivia quiz*
Beach patrol season starts
Surf club team completes Kokoda Trail trek
Association announces 'phase two' netball players
Social bowls ahead of NRL final
Photographers wanted for park run
Roosters announce signings for 2024
Two major soccer awards to Southern and Ettalong
Council grants $2000 for soccer marquee*
Boardriders hold joint party*
Swans receive grant for canteen equipment*



Umina chosen for Urgent Care Clinic

The Peninsula will be one of just 14 locations in NSW for a Medicare Urgent Care Clinic, it was announced last week.

The Peninsula clinic will be established at Providence Medical Umina, in West St, and will start accepting patients in November.

The other clinic on the Coast will be at Lake Haven at Coastal Lakes Medical Practice.

The clinics are designed to make it easier for people "to get the urgent treatment they need from highly qualified doctors and nurses, while taking pressure off the Gosford and Wyong Hospitals", said Member for Robertson Dr Gordon Reid.

They will be open for extended hours, seven days a week, and will offer walk-in care that is fully bulk billed.

"Over half of presentations to the Gosford and Wyong Hospital emergency departments are for non-urgent or semi-urgent care," he said.

"I know many families who have had to wait long hours in the emergency department for non-life-threatening issues, like sutures for minor wounds, imaging, and pathology.

"The Peninsula Medicare Urgent Care Clinic will help ease the pressure on our local health services and be much more convenient for our community - and bulk billed under Medicare."

Assistant Health Minister Ms Emma McBride, Member for Dobell, joined Dr Reid to make the announcement in Umina last Wednesday, September 27.

Primary Health Network chief executive Mr Richard Nankervis said both Providence Medical Umina was selected after an extensive tender process.

"The Network is pleased to partner with these established practices to provide the community additional alternative primary health care services that will help ease the pressure on the Emergency Departments at Gosford and Wyong Hospitals."

He said the clinics were intended to provide short term, episodic care for urgent conditions that are not immediately life-threatening for people of all ages.

They would deal with minor illnesses and minor injuries including closed fractures, simple lacerations, simple eye injuries and minor burns.

He said the Umina clinic would equipped for wound management, including gluing, suturing and dressings, as well as for incision and drainage of abscesses.

It would conduct basic fracture management, including application of back slabs and plasters, as well as intravenous cannula insertion to allow for IV antibiotics and IV rehydration fluids.

It would have urinary catheter management and changes for males and females, and would remove foreign bodies from the ear and nose.

"The clinics are not intended to treat potentially life-threatening problems (such as cardiac chest pain, severe shortness of breath or altered conscious state) or to manage labour and birth," said Mr Nankervis.

"However, they will have capacity to identify and manage these problems should people present with them including capacity to stabilise conditions whilst awaiting transfer to hospital, including providing resuscitation where required.

"General Practice continues as the provider of ongoing management of chronic disease, routine medical examinations, vaccinations and childhood immunisation, and mental health care plans."

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