Special boost to upgrade boilers at Hamilton Base Hospital

Hamilton Base Hospital is a big winner from a special $20 million funding boost to modernise ageing infrastructure at health services across Victoria.

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced Western District Health Service would share in funding from a one-off boost that comes on top of $25 million already provided through the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program in 2016/17.

Ms Pulford said last year, the popular program helped 21 health services replace essential equipment such as heating and air conditioning systems, nurse call communications systems, as well as upgrading electrical, water and fire services and lifts.

“It became really obvious that more funding was needed to meet demand. That is why the Labor Government is delivering a further $20 million for even more engineering infrastructure,” Ms Pulford said.

“I’m pleased that Western District Health Service will receive $500,000 to replace steam boilers at Hamilton Base Hospital,” she said.

“Our dedicated doctors and nurses at Hamilton Base Hospital do a wonderful job. This investment is about modernising the facilities they need to save lives and keep people in the Western District healthy,” Ms Pulford said.

Health Minister, Jill Hennessy, said the funding boost will help hospitals across Victoria to improve basic services like heating and cooling, communication systems and lifts.

“New models of engineering infrastructure are vital to improve efficiency and reliability, and ensure patients can continue to get the very best treatment and care, no matter where they live,” Ms Hennessy said.

“Patients have a right to safe and reliable health facilities and the very best care. Better hospitals and better equipment will help us deliver that,” she said.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 delivered $1.67 billion to support hospitals meet demand and provide the high quality care Victorian patients deserve.