Funding needed for Foster Hospital upgrade
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has raised the need for funding to construct an extension at South Gippsland Hospital in Foster to improve health care for residents in the Corner Inlet region.
Mr O’Brien said the hospital lacked a dedicated post-operative recovery area, had no consulting rooms and the maternity wing was cramped and needed to be expanded. The hospital has developed plans for an extension to alleviate these problems.
“Following my recent visit to the hospital, I have written to the Health Minister Jill Hennessey lobbying for funding of $2.1 million to undertake this important extension,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The South Gippsland Hospital is a wonderful institution that is strongly supported by the local community.
“At present it has 16 acute beds, theatre and maternity services, which are well utilised, but it needs this funding so it can continue to cater for the Foster and district community, now and into the future.
“The facility has an excellent relationship with the Foster Medical Centre and Prom Country Aged Care which are all in the same precinct, and to ensure that this important affiliation can continue, Melbourne Labor needs to allocate funding to support the Foster community.”
Mr O’Brien said the community had indicated strong support and involvement with the hospital.
“As an example of the community support, more than $120,000 was recently raised directly from the community to install solar panels at the hospital,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I understand the Department of Health is aware of this proposal and I encourage the Minister to allocate funding to get this important project underway.”