Terang and Mortlake families will be able to access better healthcare closer to home, with the $1.9 million Terang and Mortlake Health Service redevelopment now officially open.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today opened the new modern, world-class health facilities which will see more local residents receive the care and treatment they need, closer to their families and friends.
The redevelopment was the first major upgrade for Terang’s acute ward since the hospital opened in 1956. The Victorian Government provided more than $1 million for the project, with the health service and the community raising $800,000.
The new facility includes a converted aged care centre with shared rooms being transformed into single ensuite rooms, expanded living areas in the aged care facility, a redeveloped acute ward for the hospital, and the relocation of the renal dialysis room to a dedicated room on the ward.
These new bright and modern facilities will mean better healthcare and comfort for patients and residents, while an expanded decking area will ensure residents have greater opportunity for physical activity in a safe environment.
During her visit to Terang, Ms Tierney also announced Timboon and District Health Service would receive $133,220 through the fund to replace the existing emergency generator at Timboon Hospital and $40,000 to Cobden District Health Services to replace hydronic heath system, upgrade the switchboard and controls to enable remote access.
The Andrews Labor Government is investing in regional and rural health services across the state, with a dedicated $200 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – to ensure all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.
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.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“Doctors and nurses at Terang and Mortlake do a remarkable job. This modern new facility will support them to do their job saving lives and keeping locals healthy.”
“This redevelopment has helped bring Terang’s hospital and healthcare facilities into the modern age and will make sure local families have access to the health care they need – close to their homes and in a way that suits them best.”
“Older patients will be able to live more locally, with improved access to high-quality aged care facilities without having to move away from family and friends.”
“We’re putting patients first and revamping our rural and regional health services so more patients in Western Victoria can get the care and treatment they need, sooner and closer to home.”