Special boost to upgrade Wimmera hospitals

Wimmera Health Care Group and East Grampians Health Service are big winners 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 the two health services 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.

The funding includes

  • $300,000 been for Wimmera Health Care Group towards theatre air handling units at the Horsham campus.
  • $339,000 for East Grampians Health Service towards domestic heating and hotwater boilers at the Ararat campus.

“Our dedicated doctors and nurses at East Grampians Health Service and Wimmera Health Care Group do a wonderful job. This investment is about modernising the facilities they need to save lives and keep people in the Wimmera 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.