One of Silver Chain’s most remote health centres at Eucla, on the border of Western Australia and South Australia, was officially re-opened by Federal member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson during March.
The purpose built facility is a significant improvement on the single clinic that previously serviced the area and the local residents who attended the opening event were pleased with the outcome and have already started to take advantage of the services on offer.
Eucla Health Centre, built to private hospital standards, includes two emergency treatment stations, a dedicated consulting room and an undercover ambulance bay. The building features solar panels to reduce the reliance on electricity supplied by the roadhouse.
The centre will provide emergency response, most commonly for motor vehicle accidents, primary health and chronic disease management services to locals and those passing through the district.
In collaboration with The Royal Flying Doctor Service, Health Centre staff most commonly respond to motor vehicle accidents and medical emergencies and assisted 448 clients last year alone.
Silver Chain Regional Manager, Lesley Pearson, who travelled to Eucla to celebrate the occasion, said the upgrade of the Eucla Health Centre is testament to the organisation’s commitment to providing crucial services to those areas that need it most.
“The newly improved health centre is part of our strategy to expand the reach and impact of our services. We want even more clients in remote areas to be able to benefit from the increasing range of services that we offer,” Lesley said.
The project was funded by the Federal Government and was built on land gifted to Silver Chain Group by the State Government’s Department of Regional Development.
Image: Silver Chain Group CEO Chris McGowan and Federal MP Rick Wilson.