Thursday, 23 March 2017

West Gippsland healthcare Group will share in a $60 million boost from the Andrews Labor Government to secure the latest advances in medical equipment and modernise vital engineering infrastructure.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing today announced that the West Gippsland Hospital in Warragul is one of 10 hospitals to receive funding from the $25 million Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program and there are 11 hospitals to receive funding from the $35 million Medical Equipment Replacement Program.  West Gippsland Hospital will receive funding to replace a lift.

These programs help hospitals keep pace with new developments in state-of-the-art medical equipment, while also improving efficiency and reliability by installing new models of hospital infrastructure

Hospitals receiving funds from the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program will replace ageing items such as heating and air conditioning systems, nurse-call communication systems, as well as upgrading electrical, water and fire systems and lifts.

The Labor Government’s Victorian Budget 2016/17 delivered an extra $2.45 billion for health, so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, upgrade buildings and infrastructure and keep Victorians healthy.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing:

“We are making sure patients in West Gippsland can get the high quality care they need and deserve, sooner and closer to home.”

“By upgrading equipment and infrastructure, we’re giving our hard working doctors and nurses at Warragul Hospital the support the need to do what they do best – which is keeping us healthy and saving lives.”

“We’re putting patients first, ensuring they can access safe and reliable health facilities and very best care, now and into the future.”