THE South Gippsland Hospital at Foster has secured $1.65 million in funding to upgrade its operating theatre and birthing suite.
Speaking on behalf of the board, patients and staff, South Gippsland Hospital CEO Chris Trotman said she was delighted the hospital’s submission to the latest round of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund had been successful.
“The funding will enable a staged upgrade to provide a larger operating suite, recovery and consulting areas, reconfiguration of the birthing suite and sterilisation areas, reverse osmosis equipment, acoustic management and upgraded water and electrical systems.
“It’s important that rural and regional community members do not have to travel long distances or stay overnight away from family and friends for what are fairly routine operations or procedures.
“We provide a range of services around our day procedure lists and low risk birthing services to ensure rural patients in the Corner Inlet region have access to some of the same services offered in large metropolitan areas.
“The funding and subsequent upgrade will enable the hospital to continue to provide these services with an even higher level of care and patient safety, attract and retain skilled staff and has the potential to provide additional day procedures in the future.
“Although we do not have a timeline as yet for any works, future construction will be managed to minimise disruption of the day to day running of the hospital and patient lists and births.
“The hospital will keep the community updated as the project progresses.”
Gippsland South MP Danny O’Brien said it was a fantastic outcome for the local community, which has been fighting for a long time for this funding to upgrade the maternity and surgical areas of the hospital.
“I’ve been proud to support the hospital in its efforts to secure this funding and am pleased that it is now delivered and will help shore up the future of hospital services in the Corner Inlet region for many years to come.”
Eastern Victoria Region MP Melina Bath has raised the matter in parliament several times.
“This outcome shows what can be done when the local community works with local MPs to deliver better outcomes for our health services.
“I look forward to seeing construction begin as soon as possible on this important project.”
Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing MP announced on Friday Gippsland health services would receive $3,923,680 between them through the first round of the government’s new Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.
“We’re putting Victorian patients first and revamping our rural and regional health services so more patients in Gippsland can be treated sooner, closer to home,” she said.
“Our investment will secure the future of our local health service and make a real difference to the lives of patients who will get the safe, high quality care and treatment they need.
“Our dedicated doctors and nurses at these health services do a remarkable job. We are determined to support them in every way we can and to keep locals healthy by giving them the modern facilities they truly deserve.”
$1m for Bass Coast Health
Bass Coast Health was also a big winner in this funding round.
It will receive $205,600 for medical air compressors and a back-up medical air manifold system; $512,000 for replacement air handling units in patient care areas, and $287,080 to replace a fire panel and install a colour graphics system.