COLAC hospital will need to find more ways of making money if it hopes to keep urgent care open overnight, a committee meeting heard this week.
Colac Area Health (CAH) and the Barwon Medicare Local (BML) board met with the steering committee this week to discuss options to keep emergency care open.
BML chief executive Jason Trethowan said the two-hour meeting on Monday night searched for answers around finding new revenue streams for the healthcare service.
“There’s a business model needed to support a 24/7 service,” he said.
“I think we really need to start looking at the model and for efficiencies.”
So far no options have been put on the table.
It’s hoped the committee will come up with a solution by late march to present to the CAH board.
Last month BML gave the hospital a one-off grant of $75,000 to keep the urgent care unit open overnight until April.
Mr Trethowan said the board would not fund CAH further.
The committee will meet again in the next fortnight after seeking community advice and consulting local businesses.
Meanwhile, local member for Polwarth Terry Mulder raised the hospital’s plight in parliament last week.