More Wangaratta patients will get the critical care they need closer to home, thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost to redevelop Wangaratta Hospital.
Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Health Jill Hennessy, Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and local residents to announce that the much-loved hospital would receive $15.2 million through the Labor Government’s new Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.
The funding boost will see a new 12-bed critical care unit built, increasing the capacity of the current unit by an extra four beds. The additional beds will support more patients in need of specialist intensive care and life support.
The project will also see the expansion of the emergency department and the relocation of the oncology unit, alongside other works including the construction of a new medical records building.
The Labor Government’s investment in Northeast Health Wangaratta will mean better care for patients, while also giving our amazing doctors, nurses and other health professionals the modern facilities they need.
Planning works will commence straight away, with construction expected to be completed in mid-2020.
In 2016/17, Northeast Health Wangaratta received $90.52 million in funding from the Labor Government. This is a $6.7 million – or 8 per cent – increase on the previous financial year.
The $200 million regional health fund – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – is rebuilding rural and regional hospitals to ensure every Victorian can access the high quality care they need, no matter where they live.
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“Just like everyone who’s from Wangaratta, this hospital has been a big part of my life. It was there for me as I grew up and it was there for my dad as he battled cancer.”
“I’m proud to say, by providing critical care close to home, this expansion will make a real difference for seriously ill patients and their families.”
“It doesn’t matter where you live. Every Victorian should be able to rely on first-class care.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy
“The dedicated doctors and nurses at Northeast Health Wangaratta do a remarkable job. This project will give them the facilities they need to do what they do best: saving lives.”
Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes
“The redevelopment of Northeast Health Wangaratta is a huge win for the community. More patients will be able receive the very best care right here in Wangaratta, and not have to go elsewhere for crucial treatment.”