Wil­laura Hos­pi­tal pledge

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Wil­laura Hos­pi­tal will be a ben­e­fi­ciary of a Lib­eral-na­tion­als gov­ern­ment if vot­ers elect for a change of State Gov­ern­ment later this year.

The Coali­tion has promised to pro­vide $600,000 to start a $2-mil­lion hos­pi­tal re­de­vel­op­ment project.

Mem­ber for Lowan and State Op­po­si­tion coun­try health rep­re­sen­ta­tive Emma Kealy an­nounced de­tails at Wil­laura Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary’s an­nual Sun­day mar­ket.

“Peo­ple living in the Wil­laura re­gion de­serve ac­cess to first-class health ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties and that’s what a Lib­eral-na­tion­als gov­ern­ment will de­liver,” Ms Kealy said.

Ms Kealy said the Wil­laura dis­trict com­mu­nity would ben­e­fit greatly from the project, which would in­clude:

• A pur­pose-built GP clinic.

• Two con­sult­ing rooms for use by GPS and visiting health pro­fes­sion­als.

• Pri­vate en­suite bath­rooms for 10 rooms to im­prove care and pri­vacy for pa­tients.

• Ex­ten­sion of the day­room to in­crease the area avail­able for din­ing and recre­ation.

• Ramps to im­prove dis­abil­ity ac­cess to the build­ing and a dis­abled toi­let.

• Re­cep­tion and wait­ing area to im­prove se­cu­rity and amenity.

“A Lib­eral-na­tion­als gov­ern­ment will pro­vide the $600,000 to kick-start the much-needed re­de­vel­op­ment of the Wil­laura Hos­pi­tal if elected in Novem­ber,” Ms Kealy said.

“The ex­ist­ing build­ings are sig­nif­i­cantly aged and in ur­gent need of ma­jor works to sup­port the fab­u­lous staff at Wil­laura Hos­pi­tal de­liver the best pos­si­ble health care to our lo­cal peo­ple.

“We know that at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing clin­i­cal and sup­port staff is getting harder in re­gional Vic­to­ria, which is one of the many rea­sons we need to en­sure our ru­ral health fa­cil­i­ties are first class.”

Ms Kealy said the hos­pi­tal com­mu­nity had done a fantastic job with the re­de­vel­op­ment plan.

“I am proud to be part of a team that recog­nises that when the peo­ple living in and around Wil­laura need health care, they need to be able to ac­cess great health ser­vices lo­cally and will be sup­ported by a fantastic pur­pose-built health care fa­cil­ity,” she said.

“We are com­mit­ted to first-class health fa­cil­i­ties in coun­try ar­eas and see re­de­vel­op­ment of the Wil­laura Hos­pi­tal as vi­tal to en­sur­ing the fu­ture wellbeing of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Vic­to­ri­ans will have a clear choice in Novem­ber – a Lib­eral-na­tion­als gov­ern­ment that will de­liver first-class health fa­cil­i­ties for all Vic­to­ri­ans, not just those living in metropoli­tan Mel­bourne.”

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