Wednesday, 11 March 2020

More of the Latrobe Valley’s patients will get the high quality and safe care they deserve with the Andrews Labor Government giving hospitals the latest life-saving medical equipment and upgrading vital infrastructure so they can continue doing what they do best – saving lives.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing MP today announced the Latrobe Regional Hospital and West Gippsland Healthcare Group were two of 26 health services around the state to share in $60 million from the latest funding round of the Medical Equipment Replacement Program and the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program.

Cutting-edge equipment funded as part of the programs includes CT units, digital X-ray units, ultrasounds, operating room microscopes and heart imaging equipment such as transesophageal echocardiogram units.

Latrobe Regional Hospital and West Gippsland Healthcare Group will receive more than $2.5 million between them for water reticulation, medical equipment, infrastructure and safety upgrades.

It’s part of the Labor Government’s $7 billion pipeline of health infrastructure projects – the largest health building program in the state’s history.

A record $2.5 billion investment in our health system will help meet the needs of our growing state, meaning that more patients will receive care, treatment and surgeries sooner.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing MP

“The Latrobe Valley’s patients deserve the very best and safest care possible. That means giving our dedicated doctors and nurses the highest quality tools and facilities, so they can do their job keeping us healthy and saving lives.”

“New state-of-the-art medical equipment and better hospital infrastructure will ensure more Victorians can get the world-class care they need, when they need it most, closer to home.”

“This funding boost for Latrobe Regional Hospital and West Gippsland Healthcare Group will help maintain a high standard of care and provide a safe environment for their patients.”