More Swan Hill patients will be able to get back on their feet faster after a hospital stay thanks to a new rehabilitation ward at Swan Hill District Health.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp today opened the hospital new sub-acute ward, made possible by $2.6 million from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.
The new ward provides an extra 14 beds so more patients can get the care they need to recover from illness or injury and learn how to live independently at home.
Rehabilitation care delivered at the new ward includes general inpatient rehabilitation services, geriatric evaluation and management services and transitional care beds.
Patients will get seamless care the entire way along their journey, from the acute hospital bed to the home thanks to the very best rehabilitation therapies.
The Labor Government’s $350 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is the largest of its kind in Victorian history, and is rebuilding regional and rural hospitals to ensure Victorians can access the high-quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.
Since it was established in 2015, Swan Hill District Health has received $3.8 million from the fund, which also includes new endoscopy, operating theatre and X-ray medical equipment.
Across the state, the Labor Government is providing a record $12.2 billion for our hospitals and health services to treat more patients and provide even better care. It includes a $2.5 billion boost to hospitals in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.
At Swan Hill District Health, we are investing a massive $44.83 million in 2019/20.
The funding for Swan Hill District Health has increased by $12.51 million, or 38.7 per cent since 2014/15.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“Swan Hill patients recovering from a hospital stay deserve the very best care. They now have better access than ever to therapies helping them return home and enjoy life to its fullest.”
“Sub-acute services provide seamless care from the hospital bed to the community. They also help prevent future re-admissions to the emergency department enabling patients to better manage their condition at home.”
“We’re backing Swan Hill’s dedicated doctors and nurses by delivering record funding and revamping facilities to serve a growing community.”