Caring Rushworth doctor goes above and beyond his duties
Published at: 19 Jul 2019
Since 2007, patients at Rushworth have been under the watchful eye of GV Health’s Dr Suresh Jayasundera.
Dr Jayasundera said he had been a senior registrar on the wards at GV Health’s Graham St campus in Shepparton when he was asked to take care of the organisation’s peripheral hospital sites.
For more than a decade Dr Jayasundera has worked closely with the team at Waranga Health.
“It was a beautiful long journey from 2007 to date with a team of kind, efficient and caring nurses, administrators, reception staff, hotel services, lifestyle, district nurses and others who were instrumental for the success of the hospital,” he said.
Dr Jayasundera said one of the highlights during his time at Waranga Health was caring for 95-year-old Robert Hill who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease 10 years ago.
Mr Hill’s family asked specifically for Dr Jayasundera to care for him due to the fantastic job he has done.
“We are very close because he was in the Royal Navy and I was in the navy in Sri Lanka,” Dr Jayasundera said.
Dr Jayasundera said he surprised Mr Hill on one occasion when he arrived at the hospital in his old navy uniform.
The pair recently celebrated Mr Hill’s 95th birthday together.
“I took a lemon cake for him because he likes anything with lemon in it,” Dr Jayasundera said.
In 2013, Dr Jayasundera was awarded GV Health’s chief executive’s Living the Values Staff Award for Excellence.
“Our mission is to give patients the same treatment received at GV Health’s Shepparton campus,” he said.
With four acute beds at the new Waranga Health facility, Dr Jayasundera said there would be an increased focus on treating patients local to Rushworth and surrounds.
He congratulated the team on the big achievement of transitioning to Waranga Health’s redeveloped site on High St.
Dr Jayasundera also acknowledged the hard-working team in the Restorative Care Program which has visited Rushworth since 2010.
He said the program enabled patients following fractures or surgery to undergo slow-stream rehabilitation either before going for more intensive rehabilitation at GV Health’s Shepparton campus or before being discharged home.