New Life-Saving Cots As Maryborough Hospital Celebrates 160 Years Of Service

18 March 2016

Premier Daniel Andrews and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today joined members of the Central Goldfields community to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Maryborough District Hospital.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, the Andrews Labor Government announced $40,000 towards the purchase of two new neonatal resuscitation cots. This is being matched by $18,000 of local Hospital funds.

Maryborough District Health Service undertakes around 100 births each year, with the cots needed when a newborn requires resuscitation following birth.

These emergency life-saving portable cots have all the features needed to provide warmth, light, oxygen, drugs and other vital services for infants who need it, sustaining life while clinicians await further support. They are needed in all birth suites to deliver safe maternity services.

The Hospital was founded during the height of the Gold Rush and has served the Maryborough community with distinction in providing the very best of care.

Today the Health Service has campuses at Maryborough, Avoca and Dunolly, with more than 400 staff including doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals. Services include acute, allied health, residential aged care and palliative care.

In September 2015, the Health Service opened their latest service, the Wellness and Support Centre. This provides support for people fighting cancer and other chronic illnesses as they undergo treatments that can take an emotional and physical toll on them and their families.

The 2015-16 State Budget allocated $19.8 million to Maryborough District Health Service, a $536,000 increase on the previous year.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“For more than a century and a half, this hospital has served the people of Maryborough in providing the very best of care. I want to extend my congratulations in particular to the staff and volunteers who’ve given so much.”

“I’m also pleased to help fund two new neo-natal resuscitation cots that will ensure local families can continue to enjoy safe local maternity services here in Maryborough.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“As someone born in this hospital and raised in Maryborough alongside my three sisters and brother, it’s great to be back in town to celebrate the hospitals 160th anniversary.”

“This hospital provided me and my siblings with the vital care and support from the moment we were born. These new resus cots will ensure that future babies can continue to born safely and well here in Maryborough.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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