87 Station Road Foster, Victoria, 3960 sghosp@sghs.com.au

Current Status: Green

Best Small Health Service in Victoria


Last night, at the Public Healthcare Awards, South Gippsland Hospital was awarded the Premiers Small Health Service of the Year, for 2023. We were finalists in the same category last year.

With a keen focus on partnerships, safety, workforce capability, community engagement, and a positive workplace culture, SGH is known to have consistently strong ratings in both employee and patient satisfaction surveys. Additionally, SGH is known to promote diversity and inclusion, and collaborate with various organisations to improve health and wellbeing in the community.

CEO Paul Greenhalgh acknowledged the award in an email to the team this morning, 17.11.2023:

“This award is the most prestigious award a health service can receive in Victoria, and it acknowledges you, the most amazing dedicated team of staff and volunteers, who care for the community so beautifully. Congratulations, this award recognises all your hard work and effort over many years, but especially the last 12 months.”

“We are fortunate to have an enormous circle of support, giving us the energy and drive to do our best in our day to day work. Our funders, including the State and Commonwealth Governments; our fundraisers, like the SGH Auxiliary, South Gippsland Community Health Foundation and Murray to Moyne crew; our partners, like Foster Medical Centre, South Gippsland Radiology and surrounding health services, the Board and especially our community.”

Congratulations to all the winners, and finalists across the twenty categories.

Pictured (Left to Right) is the Minister for Health, Hon Mary-Anne Thomas, Executive Directors, Claire Kent and Samantha Park, with Board Chair David Pollard. Paul was regrettably at home with COVID, watching the live stream.

Visitor Update 

After three years of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, with strict access rules, we have decided to follow other health services and will be adopting a risk-based approach to COVID-19 controls, effective Monday 28 August 2023.
Following external benchmarking, and internal consultation with our Operational Management Team, we will move to a traffic-light system to assign either a Green, Amber or Red status that informs actions to be taken by staff/volunteers and visitors.
The colour assigned will depend on various elements of what is happening with COVID in our community, patients, and/or number of staff affected.
These actions will sit outside our internal rigorous controls for any suspected or positive COVID patients.
Today’s message is about the visitor rules to the HOSPITAL BUILDING and what it means during different colours.

ALL colours

2 visitors per patient at a time, for up to 2 hours

NO visiting if symptomatic

Hand sanitise, sign in and out at reception


No RA Testing,

surgical masks are optional,

visiting hours between 0930am – 7pm hours daily.


No RA Testing,

no visiting to respiratory cases in isolation,

surgical mask to visit others,

visiting hours between 0930am – 7pm hours daily.


RA Testing required,

no visiting to respiratory cases in isolation,

N95’s to visit others,

visiting hours reduced to between 0930 – 1130am and 5-7pm only

We anticipate being GREEN on Monday, but as this may change at any point it may be worth checking our website or face book page  (status to be pinned to top).


Thank you, Paul


Positive Ageing Service (PAS)

The Positive Ageing Service (PAS) is a free Advocacy and Allied Health service available to anyone over the age of 65 years or over 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

PAS focuses on supporting people with the transition into their senior years.

PAS can help people in a few different ways:

  • Help people to understand and access aged care, health and community services like My Aged Care.
  • Support people to maintain or establish social connections
  • Support people to access activities that interest them
  • Support people with their balance or increase their movement
  • Support people to maintain a healthy diet and understand their nutritional needs

The Positive Ageing Advocate is available 4 days per week, alongside a social worker, dietician and exercise physiologist.

The Positive Ageing Service is located at the Community Health Centre, with services also able to be provided in a person’s own home.

Cost: This service is free of charge.

Wonderful place to work!

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Annual Appeal Donations

South Gippsland Hospital receives government funding for the basic running of the health service, however we provide a wide range of services that are either not funded or only partially funded. These activities are funded by generous community support. There are several ways in which you can support the South Gippsland Hospital through a generous donation or gift.


Our promise is a quality-driven service, and our aim is to ensure affordable access to healthcare services
“I just want to thank you for all your care. I appreciate your professionalism and kindness. You people are amazing. Thanks for restoring my health. I really appreciate it” (Urgent Care Centre, April 2023)
“….as a result of the service, Mum’s world has expanded, she feels less anxious knowing there is back up when family are unavailable and as a carer, I no longer feel exhausted!” (Carer, Home Care Packages, April 2023)
“I was in today for a medical procedure and would like to mention how professional and kind all the staff were. I felt really looked after and cared for every step of the way. Thank you, what a great hospital! Oh, and it was so perfectly clean too, everywhere! Your hospital community should be proud of how they run the ship! It beats some Melbourne hospitals hands down!” (Day  Surgery, March 2023)
Everyone (including nurses, doctors, midwives, chef, security guard) has been so compassionate and attentive …I will forever be grateful to everyone for their help and care” (Maternity, March 2023)
“All the District Nurses (and admin) have been superb. They are professional, efficient and friendly. I also go to exercise class with Tammy – she earns the accolades” (Community Care, March 2023)
“You have a great team that works really well together. For you it’s “doing your job”, but it takes special people to do what you do” (Urgent Care Centre, April 2023)