Department of Health

Upgrades on track at Ararat Hospital

Over $8.7 million in upgrades at East Grampians Health Service’s Ararat Hospital are on track to be completed by mid 2022, ensuring the best healthcare is available for families in the Grampians.

13/12/21
The Theatre Suite at Girdlestone Street

Over $8.7 million in upgrades at East Grampians Health Service’s Ararat Hospital are on track to be completed by mid 2022, ensuring the best healthcare is available for families in the Grampians.

Victoria’s Minister for Health Martin Foley visited Ararat Hospital on 7 December 2021 to look at the multi-million-dollar project which is redeveloping and expanding the hospital’s theatre, radiology and pathology services, and relocating palliative care services.

Funded through the Victorian Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF), the theatre redevelopment will increase East Grampians Health Service’s perioperative capability  reducing waiting lists in the region.

Funding will boost the number of day procedure beds to 8 and recovery beds to 4. An upgraded Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) will give the dedicated doctors and nurses at Ararat Hospital the reusable medical equipment they need to get more people off waiting lists and into surgery. 

To improve access and efficiency the health services’ radiology, pathology and medical imaging department is being transformed to meet increased demand and the palliative care service will be relocated, delivering greater privacy for families.

Stawell Regional Health will also receive $1.45 million from the latest round of the RHIF  giving the hospital’s dedicated doctors and nurses the facilities and medical equipment they need to care for Victorians.

More than $995,000 will purchase new theatre equipment, including surgical laparoscopic cameras, portable ultrasound machine, anaesthetic machine, ENT microscope, a diathermy unit as well as theatre beds and trolleys and a further $457,000 will upgrade fire detection systems.

This latest funding builds on more than $6 million in RHIF funding invested in Stawell Regional Health for projects, including critical infrastructure upgrades, sterilising and storage upgrades, ICT system upgrades and nurse call systems.

The RHIF was established in 2016/17 to assist regional and rural health services to improve the safety and quality of services, service capacity, models of care, patient and staff amenity, and service efficiency. It has since funded more than 488 infrastructure projects.

The RHIF received a further boost in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 with an additional $20 million bringing total funding to $490 million. It is the largest program of its type in Victoria.

‘Over the past 2 years, our hospitals and healthcare services have been at the heart of our communities, providing vital care to Victorians during the global pandemic,’ said Minister for Health Martin Foley.

Reviewed 13 December 2021

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