Posted on 22. Jun, 2010 in Clayton Update

Southern Health Service will benefit from a $13.9 million funding boost as part of a Victorian Government strategy to open more than 100 extra hospital beds to meet a surge in demand during winter.

Hong Lim, Member for Clayton said that Southern Health would receive funding for 15 extra local bed allocations.

“This funding will allow Southern Health to treat an additional 103 patients from 1 July this year” Hong Lim said.

“This funding boost continues the Brumby Government’s commitment to supporting health services in the southern region, by giving our hard working doctors and nurses the resources they need to continue to treat record number of patients.”

Premier John Brumby and Health Minister Daniel Andrews announced the funding boost at the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton. Across Victoria the strategy will provide capacity to treat an additional 1029 patients across 10 metropolitan, regional and rural Victorian hospitals.

“The Victorian Government is taking action to give Victorians a better health system, by building new hospitals and hiring more doctors and nurses,” Mr Brumby said.

“That is why we have specifically funded a winter strategy to support health services during winter – a period of increased demand for emergency care.”

Mr Brumby said the boost would open an extra 102 subacute beds statewide.

“The new beds will provide improvements for patients by increasing access to subacute care. The beds will also allow for improved patient flow by freeing up beds in acute wards.

“Under the strategy, all metropolitan and regional health services will put in place a plan responding to demand pressures over the 2010 winter months.”

Minister for Health Daniel Andrews said as the seasons change, so does the demand on the health system with winter a peak period for hospital activity as a result of seasonal increases in flu and gastro.

“The biggest impact of these changes is frequently seen on the front line – our emergency departments,” Mr Andrews said.

“During the last 12 months there has been a large increase in demand for care from Victorian emergency departments.”

Mr Andrews said from 1 July to 31 October 2009 there was a 2.6 per cent increase in emergency department presentations, a 6.1 per cent increase in patients transferred to ward beds from the emergency department and 4.2 per cent increase in high acuity presentations compared to the same period in 2008.

“This increase in capacity will provide further support to staff in our emergency departments to continue providing the very best care to patients.

This year’s Budget provided a $4 billion boost to Victoria’s health system and includes funding to open ten additional ICU beds across Victorian hospitals.

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