STAWELL - Stawell Regional Health is set to benefit from additional funding provided by the Victorian Government.
Health Minister David Davis announced that Stawell Regional Health would receive a further $273,613 boost to upgrade facilities.
Thirty-four rural health services across Victoria will share in $12.7 million of grants from the second round of the Rural Capital Support Fund, which comes on top of $5 million for health services across the state from the first round of grants announced in June 2012.
Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay welcomed the grant of:
$183,337 to install a building automation system which will provide a complete graphical approach to monitor, control and manage the environmental systems across the entire hospital.
$90,276 to replace the wireless network system to improve communications for nurse call alerts, telephony and medical teleconferencing.
"Regional hospitals play a crucial role in Victoria's health system, especially for the local residents who rely on them and it's very pleasing to know that these grants will make a quality difference for Stawell hospital patients and for the staff using these facilities every day," Mr Ramsay said.
David Davis said the Coalition Government was delivering on its election commitment to establish the Rural Capital Support Fund providing grants to improve rural and regional health facilities.
"The grants will support smaller capital works projects such as refurbishments to kitchens, laundries and bathrooms and the expansion of wards and waiting areas," Mr Davis said.
Mr Davis said the Coalition Government is committed to supporting access to quality health services in rural areas.
"Last year we released the Rural and Regional Health Plan, which is our vision for the future development of health services in rural and regional Victoria," Mr Davis said.
"The plan outlines directions and actions aimed at improving the Victorian health system so that Victorians living in rural and regional areas have access to the best possible healthcare outcomes.
"The Rural Capital Support Fund is an important part of this vision to improve the rural and regional health system," Mr Davis said.