Cobram district patients who have to travel to Shepparton and other regional areas for treatment will soon get the care they need without having to hit the road.
Cobram District Health will receive $378399 through the Victorian Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to upgrade vital theatre equipment.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the funding would be used to provide new endoscopy equipment and other vital equipment.
The $200million fund — the largest of its kind in Victorian history — will rebuild rural and regional hospitals and health services to ensure all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.
‘‘We’re putting patients first and revamping our rural and regional health services so more patients in the Cobram region can be treated sooner, closer to home,’’ Mr Gepp said.
Cobram District Health board president Dale Brooks thanked the Andrews Government for its contribution, which would allow Cobram residents needing surgery to remain in their home town.
‘‘Our local surgery is really important to us at Cobram and we are very pleased to be able to maintain this service,’’ Mr Brooks said.
‘‘We believe it is very important for both our staff and our local community to save people from travelling to bigger regional facilities and this funding will enable us to maintain the very best clinical care right here.’’
The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is just part of the government’s investment in hospital and health services, which includes expanding capacity, improving efficiency, treating more patients more quickly and closer to home, and delivering the latest advances in medical technology.
Numurkah District Health Service also received $376000 to improve its air-conditioning and aged-care facility.