Gippsland South Health Volunteers

Labor must commit funding for oncology expansion

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has written to the Health Minister calling on the Labor Government to deliver the $600,000 necessary to expand the Oncology Unit at Sale’s Central Gippsland Health Service (CGHS) to allow more patients to be treated locally.

Mr O’Brien, who visited CGHS last week, said currently there were seven beds in the Oncology Unit crammed into a very small space that was unsuitable for today’s modern medicine.

“The staff in the Oncology Unit at CGHS do an amazing job providing professional care to locals battling cancer, however the facility is far too small, is outdated and needs to be expanded,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The expansion will involve an extension of the current area to create nine separate patient bays, which will give patients additional privacy and provide staff with more room to better care for those receiving treatment.

“By utilising the small existing courtyards, the expansion will make the oncology area more than double its current size and provide a more workable space to cater for the growing demand of oncology services locally.

“Not only does CGHS provide cancer treatment to Sale residents, patients often travel from Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and areas further east to undergo chemotherapy and other forms of treatment.”

Mr O’Brien said the expansion was expected to cost $1.2 million and through significant local fundraising and volunteer efforts about half of the cost had already been raised.

“I commend the volunteers and the community members that have worked tirelessly and made generous contributions to raise $600,000 towards this important project,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This expansion will greatly benefit Gippsland cancer patients and those that are caring for them and serve the community well into the future and I urge Labor’s Health Minister Jill Hennessy to commit this crucial funding.”

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