Bigger, better $22 million revamp for Wangaratta Hospital
The Victorian Government’s state-of-the-art redevelopment of Wangaratta Hospital has just become bigger and better, with stages one and two now to be built at the same time. Northeast Health Wangaratta will receive $6.9 million through the second round of funding from the Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, on top of $15.1 million committed in the first round of funding.
Stage 1 of the redevelopment will create a 12-bed critical care unit and an expanded emergency department, while Stage 2 will feature an extra four maternity beds, a refurbished birthing suite and obstetrics assessment area, a further six medical beds and two refurbished palliative care beds. The $22 million project will create an additional 27 beds to meet increasing demand in the Hume region for critical care and maternity services.
More women will be able to give birth closer to home and loved ones, and more patients needing emergency care will get the treatment they need sooner. Both stages of the redevelopment will create around 60 construction jobs, and are expected to be completed by late 2020.
Also launched is a $500,000 regional digital cardiology project between Northeast Health Wangaratta and Alpine Health, jointly funded by the Victorian Government and the alpine community through the Bright Opportunity Shop. Developed in partnership with the state’s cardiac clinical network, the project is aimed at enabling rapid reporting of digital ECGs performed on patients presenting with chest pain or suspected coronary syndrome at rural care centres.