Heath­cote Health to re­fur­bish fa­cil­i­ties for pal­lia­tive pa­tients


HEATH­COTE Health will be able to re­fur­bish rooms for pal­lia­tive pa­tients af­ter it re­ceived fund­ing from the state gov­ern­ment.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes was in Heath­cote last week to an­nounce the $134,000 plan to im­prove pa­tient and fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence when un­der­go­ing acute pal­lia­tive care.

The fund­ing is avail­able through the third round of the flag­ship Re­gional Health In­fra­struc­ture Fund.

Vis­it­ing Heath­cote Health along­side can­di­date for Euroa Fionna Dep­peler-Mor­ton, Ms Symes said the money was about en­sur­ing Heath­cote Health can de­liver one of its pri­or­ity projects.

The acute pal­lia­tive care up­grade in­volves the re­fur­bish­ment of rooms for pal­lia­tive pa­tients, with paint­ing, new floor cov­er­ings, fur­ni­ture and light­ing as well as the ad­di­tion of two new sun­rooms.

This in­vest­ment will mean greater com­fort and amenity for pal­lia­tive pa­tients and their loved ones, dur­ing what is of­ten a very emo­tional and chal­leng­ing time, as well as pro­vid­ing a bet­ter work en­vi­ron­ment for the staff pro­vid­ing the care.

“We’re putting pa­tients first and re­vamp­ing our coun­try hospi­tals and health ser­vices like Heath­cote Health so more pa­tients can be treated sooner, closer to home,” Ms Symes said. “This fund­ing boost will en­able Heath­cote Health to en­sure their fa­cil­i­ties are mod­ernised and ap­pro­pri­ate for car­ing for pal­lia­tive pa­tients in their care.”

Ms Dep­peler-Mor­ton said to­day’s an­nounce­ment was fur­ther ev­i­dence of La­bor’s com­mit­ment to coun­try hospi­tals and re­spect for the im­por­tant work they do car­ing for the ill and keep­ing the com­mu­nity healthy.

“The staffs at Heath­cote Health do an amaz­ing job of car­ing for pa­tients and I’m pleased the La­bor gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to make im­por­tant in­vest­ments in this fa­cil­ity for the ben­e­fit of ev­ery­one who works and vol­un­teers here and for those they care for.”

In pre­vi­ous fund­ing rounds Heath­cote Health re­ceived $260,934 for fire safety and oc­cu­pa­tion health and safety up­grades, which have been com­pleted, as well as $108,920 to re­fur­bish the nurses’ sta­tion to pro­vide greater room flex­i­bil­ity and safety for our hard-work­ing nurses, which will be com­pleted at the same time as the pal­lia­tive care up­grades.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes, Heath­cote Health’s Linda Blair and Jar­rod McFadzean, and can­di­date for Euroa Fionna Dep­peler-Mor­ton.

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