Latrobe Hospital Upgrade Officially Opened By Minister

Latrobe Hospital Upgrade Officially Opened By Minister

Victoria Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

Doors Open On First Class Latrobe Hospital Upgrade

Victor P Taffa

Gippsland residents now have better access to world class care on their doorstep with the $73 Million redevelopment of Latrobe Regional Hospital fully complete and open to patients.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing to officially open the massive upgrade, which also features the region’s first ever catheterisation laboratory for cardiac surgery.

“We are making sure more Victorians no matter where they live get the care they need faster.” Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said.

“Latrobe Regional Hospital is the largest hospital in the region. Doctors and nurses here now have the modern facilities they deserve and need to deliver outstanding care, with capacity to cater for ever increasing demand.”

It provides better access, more services and state-of-the-art medical equipment to meet the growing healthcare needs of the Gippsland community, now and into the future.

Project features:

  • New emergency department,
  • Doubling the previous capacity,
  • 12-bed short stay unit,
  • 60- bed acute in-patient ward,
  • 2 endoscopy rooms,
  • New main entrance and drop off area.

Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories known as ‘cath labs’ are used for lifesaving heart procedures such as stenting, angiography, inserting pacemakers and implantable defibrillators.

Instead of being transferred to Melbourne, more Gippsland patients with cardiovascular disease can get the cardiac surgery they need quicker and closer to home while also saving on travel and accommodation costs.

“We are putting regional patients first. Our investments in Gippsland will see more patients access the safe, high quality care and surgeries they need, sooner.” Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said.

Andrews Government’s Victorian Budget 2017/18 includes $2 Billion in health and ambulance services, delivering better, safer and more services for Victorians.

In 2017/18, Latrobe Regional Hospital will receive $209.58 Million in State Government funding, up by $25.8 Million, or 14.1 %, on the previous year.

$2.6 Million was also delivered to expand the hospital’s special care nursery and maternity ward, due to be completed early next year. It will deliver an extra 4 special care nursery cots, an extra paediatric bed and 3 extra maternity, gynaecology and obstetrics beds.