More Bass Coast patients will get the care they need sooner thanks to a Victorian Government funding boost to upgrade critical infrastructure at Wonthaggi Hospital.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews joined hospital staff to announce that Bass Coast Health would receive a $1.9 million funding boost to fit Wonthaggi Hospital with the latest air handling systems, alongside other crucial safety upgrades to boost patient outcomes and improve working conditions for staff.
The Government’s $200 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF) – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – is rebuilding regional and rural hospitals to ensure Victorians can access the high-quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.
The funding boost for Bass Coast Health will improve the quality and safety of facilities for patients, visitors and staff alike. Upgrades include the replacement of an emergency lift, five air handling units in patient care areas, new medical air compressors and the installation of improved emergency back-up and warning systems.
The latest hospital infrastructure will mean Bass Coast Health can perform more surgeries and reduce cancellations – and improve working conditions for hard-working hospital staff.
The latest funding comes on top of $3 million provided to Bass Coast Health in the first round of RHIF for infrastructure and medical equipment upgrades.
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 delivered $1.67 billion to support hospitals meet demand and provide the high quality care Victorian patients deserve, including $428.5 million in new hospital upgrades. In 2017/18, Bass Coast Health will receive $43.876 million in funding from the Government – this is $5.4 million more than in 2017.
Source: Vic Government