Funding will help modernise hospitals

May 10, 2017

Funding boost: Cobram District Health patient Pat Atkinson and nursing unit manager Greg van Popering with the hospital's telehealth machine, which will be able to be used more throughout the hospital with the funding boost.

A funding windfall of almost $1.5million to be shared between Cobram District Health and Yarrawonga Health will see upgrades across the services to modernise and improve the facilities.

The upgrades are designed to improve living conditions for residents and patients and create better working conditions for staff.

Cobram District Health chief executive David Gullick welcomed the funding, saying it would allow the service to upgrade its telecommunications services, including internet.

‘‘We’ll use it extend our wi-fi internet coverage as we can see that will create many benefits for our patients,’’ he said.

‘‘It will enable us to extend our telehealth facility; currently we can use it in urgent care and a few rooms, but with the extension of our wi-fi system we’ll be able use it throughout the acute ward and further into the hospital.

‘‘It will mean some patients won’t have to travel to Shepparton or other places to see specialists.’’

Mr Gullick said the funding would also allow for upgrades of the hospital’s electrical substation and switchboard, which was currently at capacity.

‘‘If we were looking to do any work in the future, we need to upgrade our electrical supply, and it will also mean we’ll be more energy efficient,’’ he said.

Cobram District Health also received $480000 to replace its airconditioner.

The funding will allow the health service to decommission the entire chilled water plant including the chiller, chilled water storage tank and remove the cooling towers and replace them with a new more efficient and reliable airconditioning unit.

‘‘It gets really hot in this region during summer and we want to be able to create a cooler environment for both our patients and our staff,’’ he said.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the funding for Cobram District Health and Yarrawonga Health from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund would be a welcome boost to the valuable community health services.

‘‘These works will significantly enhance the quality of life for residents by improving their level of comfort at Warrina Hostel as providing significant upgrades at Cobram Hospital which will allow staff to better care for patients,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘Labor’s investment will make a real difference to the lives of residents and patients at the two facilities, ensuring they get the safe, high-quality care and treatment they need.

‘‘The dedicated staff at Cobram District Health and Yarrawonga Health are remarkable, and Labor is supporting them to do their job by giving them the modern facilities and equipment they need and deserve.’’

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