Safety to be up­graded

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Sey­mour Health qual­ity and ser­vice de­liv­ery as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Anne Da­ley, busi­ness ser­vices and per­for­mance di­rec­tor Cheryl Nick­els-Beattie, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chris McDon­nell, Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes and La­bor can­di­date for Euroa

Safety just went up a notch at Sey­mour Health, with a $410 000 up­grade of the fire de­tec­tion and sprin­kler sys­tems an­nounced last week.

The cur­rent age­ing sys­tem is near­ing its use-by date, and with an up­grade to the Ur­gent Care Cen­tre al­ready on the cards in the near fu­ture, it had be­come a ne­ces­sity to up­grade.

The works will up­grade the smoke de­tec­tion sys­tem and in­stall a com­pat­i­ble sprin­kler sys­tem through­out the acute ser­vices build­ing.

‘‘This is work that was a ne­ces­sity, and with­out this fund­ing, we would have had to find room in the bud­get to fund it our­selves,’’ Sey­mour Health chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris McDon­nell said.

‘‘It’s around 20 years old so it’s served its time, I think its end of life was in 2020 so to have this fund­ing forth­com­ing is a mas­sive boost for the health ser­vice.’’

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said the fire sys­tem up­grade

❝This is work that was a ne­ces­sity, and with­out this fund­ing, we would have had to find room in the bud­get to fund it our­selves.❞ Sey­mour Health chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris McDon­nell

was vi­tal not only for staff, but also for pa­tients and visi­tors and will en­sure they get the high­qual­ity care they need in bet­ter and safer fa­cil­i­ties, with the fund­ing com­ing from the lat­est round of the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment’s flag­ship Re­gional Health In­fra­struc­ture Fund.

She said un­der La­bor, Sey­mour Health was re­ceiv­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment, with pre­vi­ous fund­ing an­nounce­ments in­clud­ing a $1.6 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the ur­gent care cen­tre, and $3.1 mil­lion to up­grade Barra­bill House, which will cre­ate six new ad­di­tional beds within a new 14-bed wing com­plete with sin­gle bed­rooms and en­suites, new com­mon and so­cial ar­eas and im­proved staff fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘This is yet an­other sig­nif­i­cant La­bor Govern­ment in­vest­ment in the health and safety of not only our hard work­ing nurses, doc­tors and staff at Sey­mour Health but also pa­tients,” Ms Symes said.

La­bor can­di­date for Euroa Fionna Dep­pel­erMor­ton wel­comed the in­vest­ment.

‘‘I’m proud that the La­bor Govern­ment de­liv­ers when it comes to health, this is a govern­ment that puts pa­tients first and is en­sur­ing our coun­try hos­pi­tals have the fa­cil­i­ties and sup­port to do what they do best — keep our com­mu­nity healthy,’’ she said.

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