Posted on 09. Sep, 2010 in Clayton Update

The medical imaging service at Monash Medical Centre Moorabbin will be completely fitted out with new equipment as part of a $4.4 million Brumby Labor Government boost for Southern Health.

Visiting the hospital today, Health Minister Daniel Andrews said the funding would be used to buy state-of-the-art medical equipment at Monash Medical Centre in Moorabbin and Clayton, and the Kingston Centre.

“Our Government is taking action to give Victorians a better health system by ensuring health services have the latest medical equipment to deliver the highest-quality care to patients,” Mr Andrews said.

“That’s why we are providing $4.4 million to Southern Health to replace high-priority, high-cost medical equipment as part of the 2010/11 Targeted Equipment Program.

“Up to $3.3 million has been allocated for the diagnostic imaging service at Monash Medical Centre Moorabbin,” he said.

“This funding boost will replace all equipment in the service including a new 64-slice computed tomography unit, three ultrasound units, a gamma camera, a digital general x-ray unit, a mobile x-ray unit, an image intensifier and a digital mammography unit.”

Mr Andrews said Monash Medical Centre Moorabbin had also been allocated up to $730,000 to buy nine anaesthetic workstations and physiological monitors for the operating suite.

“Monash Medical Centre Clayton will receive up to $174,000, again with a focus on the provision of surgical services, purchasing an anaesthetic workstation and monitor system for the operating suite and another for the MRI department,” he said.

“Funding of $200,000 has been provided to the Kingston Centre to purchase 50 fully adjustable electric beds, which are ergonomically designed to provide safety and comfort for both patients and staff.”

Member for Clayton Hong Lim said the funding was great news for residents in Melbourne’s south.

“This equipment will enable medical staff at Southern Health hospitals to continue to provide top quality care to families in Melbourne’s south east,” Mr Lim said.

Member for Mordiallic Janice Munt said the funding was part of the 2010/11 Targeted Equipment Program, which was delivering $35 million to Victorian hospitals.

“Targeted equipment funding enables our public hospitals to stay at the forefront of new technology,” Ms Munt said.

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