Health funds

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Sey­mour Health will re­ceive a $140 873 fund­ing boost to of­fer relief from a mas­sive surge in de­mand fol­low­ing one of Vic­to­ria’s worst-ever flu sea­sons.

This year’s flu sea­son has re­sulted in sus­tained pres­sure across Vic­to­ria’s health sys­tem, with more than 14 000 flu cases re­ported across Vic­to­ria so far.

There was a surge in peo­ple vis­it­ing emer­gency de­part­ments in win­ter. In Au­gust alone, more than 3900 peo­ple vis­ited emer­gency de­part­ments each day — the largest num­ber for Au­gust on record.

How­ever, Sey­mour Health, like hos­pi­tals across the state, has risen to the chal­lenge, ded­i­cat­ing sig­nif­i­cant re­sources and staff to pro­vide qual­ity care this win­ter and flu sea­son.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said the spe­cial fund­ing pack­age would sup­port the lo­cal hospi­tal to en­sure pa­tients could get the care they needed faster.

‘‘This flu sea­son has hit us hard and ev­ery sin­gle one of our pub­lic hos­pi­tals in coun­try Vic­to­ria has been work­ing over­time so Vic­to­ri­ans can con­tinue to have ac­cess to the care they need, when they need it,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘Our ded­i­cated doc­tors, nurses, paramedics and other health­care work­ers have done a re­mark­able job in the face of un­prece­dented de­mand, en­sur­ing pa­tients are re­ceiv­ing the first­class care they de­serve.’’

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