DUNMUNKLE Health Services chief executive Chris Scott is concerned people are getting ahead of themselves with fears for Stonehaven Nursing Home’s future.
The nursing home is included in an overall review of the health service.
Rupanyup residents expressed concerns for the future of Stonehaven during a meeting with Yarriambiack Shire Council on Monday night, believing community consultations had been negative about the ageing aged care home.
They vowed to fight for the nursing home’s survival.
Mr Scott said he appreciated the Rupanyup community’s passion, but comments about Stonehaven’s possible closure were premature.
“There is no factual basis for the remarks,” he said.
“All this talk about the nursing home might be totally unfounded.”
He said people would need to wait and see what the independent findings were from the health service’s reviewers.
“Once the report is complete and considered by the board, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Ageing, a decision will be made on what, if any, changes will be made,” Mr Scott said.
He said the review was commissioned by Dunmunkle Health Services’ board of management, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Ageing.
Mr Scott said it was aimed at ensuring the entire health service’s viability, and making sure the communities of Rupanyup, Minyip and Murtoa had an appropriate level of service to meet their needs.
“There has been significant community consultation, and I personally have attended all nine consultation meetings with the staff and community members,” he said.
He said the consultations were detailed, and provided an opportunity for open discussion.
Mr Scott said there was also opportunity for the community to provide individual feedback.
“The consultants put forward a number of scenarios and asked what services were important to the community,” he said.
“It was a critical questioning of all the services, and it was in that context that people have made their own individual assumptions.”
Dunmunkle Health Services board chairman Lloyd Milgate said the communities would have to wait a fortnight longer than anticipated to hear the review findings.
“I received an email on Monday morning saying the report had been delayed,” he said.
Mr Milgate said the board now expected review findings on September 20.