Mark Massey

Corowa Health Service Manager

Corowa Health Service (CHS) is located in Corowa, New South Wales within the heart of the Rutherglen wine region. It is the perfect place to explore the rich diversity that has made the area a firm favourite with tourists. It is a historical icon as the birthplace of Federation, neighbouring Ned Kelly country, the historic Beechworth district and the rich cultural centre of Albury-Wodonga.

Corowa Shire has a population of 11,642 and is home to a wide array of small to medium sized enterprises ranging from tourism and hospitality to manufacturing and agriculture. Major industries include a piggery feedlot and abattoir, agriculture machinery sales and services, food processors, munitions factory, many freight transport companies and thriving tourism, retail and trade businesses.

CHS offers a 54 bed facility with 31 beds for high level aged care and 18 beds in the acute ward for the Corowa Shire population. Our Health One complex offers multiple community services including operating theatres, on-call and after hours service, radiography and physiotherapy services.

CHS operates a 24/7 Emergency Department (ED) with a single registered nurse on a rotating eight hour shift,  an on-call manager providing clinical support, and two on-call Visiting Medical Officers (VMO) also available 24/7.

We recently needed locum support for a number of our ED team including one team member that took leave in Africa. We heard about NAHRLS through our Health District and found that it was very easy to register.

We always have very positive experiences with the NAHRLS system and the team are always able to accommodate our requests.

The NAHRLS nurses and physiotherapist locums have all been excellent. They assimilate into CHS very quickly which benefits the community as it ensures service continuity is maintained. NAHRLS nurses are often paired with another nurse for a day to orientate them to the work area and the feedback received is always positive.

NAHRLS nurses have all been very professional and have great skill sets so I would use NAHRLS again and absolutely recommend them to others.