Kyneton hospital services set to expand

Kyneton District Health.
Kyneton District Health.

KYNETON District Health will improve and expand its surgical services following a commissioned review into its services.

The hospital's chief executive Maree Cuddihy announced the plans on Friday.

"We’ve recently been reviewing what we do and how we do it, to put us in the best position to help the people of the Macedon Ranges to get well and be well," she said.

Director of medical services, Dr Peter Sloan, said the review allowed the hospital to connect with local practitioners to hear how it could improve and respond to changing health needs.

"Through conversations with local practitioners, we now know that our community needs better access to consultations and follow-up close to home," he said.

As a result of the review, the hospital will seek to increase its general surgery services and women's health services and consider the possibility of introducing orthopaedics. 

Ms Cuddihy said the first stage would be to seek expressions of interest from the medical community.

The new surgical services model will be implemented by February next year, she said.