Cohuna District Hospital



144/ 158 King George Street, Cohuna VIC 3568
Business Summary
We are recognised for excellence in rural healthcare.
About Us
Was established as a public hospital in 1952. The hospital was originally operated as a private hospital and was purchases from the owner, Dr Stewart, in that year. Between the 1950's and 1990's there have been many changes to health services and buildings.

In 1996/97 a major redevelopment to the acute wards, theatre, accident and emergency, administration and kitchen was undertaken at a cost of $1,700,000.

Policies & Procedures

The Hospital constantly reviews its Policies and Procedures to ensure our quality of care. Here is a list of our Statements of Policy:

  • Chaplaincy and pastoral care
  • Complaints
  • Confidentiality- freedom of information
  • Equal opportunity
  • Health statement
  • Infection control philosophy
  • Occupational health & safety
  • Pathology services
  • Quality improvement program
Nursing Home

The Home was opened in 1985 as a result of a successful fundraising program in the townships of Cohuna, Leitchville, Gunbower and surrounding districts. In 1994 two extra beds were added to make a sixteen (16) bed Nursing Home. Other minor renovations were also made at this time to improve our facility.

Our Mission Statement is to achieve holistic care to our residents by;

  • Respecting the individual's dignity and privacy
  • Providing a safe secure environment in which to live
  • Providing the best medical and nursing care available
  • Encouraging community involvement
  • Respecting and involving relatives in the care of their loved one
  • Respecting the input and expertise of staff

Patient & Visitor Information

We would like to welcome you to the Cohuna District Hospital. No doubt you are experiencing anxiety at having to come into hospital. This is normal when one is ill and we would like to offer you our comfort and concern and hope you return to a state of good health as soon as possible.

Visiting Hours


2.00 p.m. - 3-30 p.m. Daily

7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Daily


2.00 p.m. - 3-30 p.m. Daily

7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Daily

(Husbands may remain until 9 p.m.)

Children's Ward: Open visiting hours

High Dependency: At the discretion of nursing and medical staff

Very Ill Patients: Dependent upon the patient's condition.

Can I expect confidentiality?
Your medical history, treatment and information that you provide to the staff of the hospital are treated as confidential unless the law requires otherwise in specific circumstances. Confidential information or treatment details will not be voluntarily released without first obtaining your consent. Under the freedom of information /act (FIA) you are generally entitled to information contained in your medical records. Should you request this, a fee fixed by law may be payable for this service.
Can I refuse treatment?
You may refuse to have any test examination procedure or treatment at any time. If you do refuse, you have the right to be given details of the likely or potential outcome of your refusal, and cannot hold others responsible for the consequences. Your wishes regarding terminal care will be respected provided these conform to the obligations imposed on the hospital by the law. You may discharge yourself from the hospital or from treatment at any time.
Can l make a bequest to the CDH in my will?
A bequest in your will to the Cohuna district hospital is a positive gesture of acknowledgement for the future it is a guarantee that a nominated part of your estate will directly benefit the future health needs of the district. If you choose to make a bequest to the Cohuna district hospital, it is important that you contact your solicitor to enable your act of generosity to be properly incorporated into your existing will.
How are my doctor and ward chosen?
If you are a hospital (public) patient, the hospital will allocate your doctor. You are entitled to be informed of the name of the doctor responsible for co-ordinating your care and treatment. If you are a private patient, you may select the doctor of your choice from available members of the visiting medical staff of the hospital. Cohuna district hospital is a public hospital; some single rooms are available for private patients.
How do I recognise staff working in the hospital?
The nursing staff wear blue or white shirts, the hotel services staff wear green shirts and the administration staff wear red. All staff are required to wear an identification badge.
What can be done for patients with a non-English speaking background?
If an interpreter is needed the hospital staff are available to assist. If this is not suitable or possible the hospital can arrange for a telephone interpreter service. If you wish to speak in confidence with family members or a friend, a room will be made available.
What happens if there is an emergency?
The Cohuna district hospital has an emergency management plan to cover any emergency situation. Our staff are trained to handle all emergencies. If you hear warning bells sounding, please follow staff directions. If the building is to be evacuated, staff will take you out through the nearest safe exit. Staff will direct you to an official designated assembly point.