Equipment Boost To Treat More Stawell Patients Sooner

03 March 2017

More Stawell patients will get the surgeries they need sooner thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost to upgrade medical equipment at Stawell Regional Health.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced Stawell Regional Health would receive $220,000 through the first round of the Labor Government’s new Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.

The $200 million fund – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – will rebuild rural and regional hospitals to ensure all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.

For Stawell, we are investing $220,000 to buy two steriliser units to expand the hospital’s central sterile department.

The extra units will enable doctors to perform more surgeries, reduce cancellations and improve the reliability of medical equipment.

This will improve patient outcomes, deliver safer and better care, while also meeting increasing demand for local surgical services.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provided an extra $2.45 billion for health so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, upgrade buildings and infrastructure, and keep Victorians healthy.

In 2016/17, Stawell Regional Health will receive $16.06 million in funding from the Labor Government. This is $568,000 – or 3.7 per cent – more than provided the previous financial year.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“We’re putting patients first and revamping our rural and regional health services so more Stawell patients can be treated sooner, closer to home.”

“Here in Stawell, we’re making sure more patients get the safe, high quality care and surgeries they need with an expansion of the hospital’s central sterile department.”

“Doctors and nurses at Stawell do a remarkable job. We’re supporting them to do their job saving lives and keeping locals healthy by giving them the very best medical equipment.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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