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GOULBURN BASE BENEFITS FROM REGIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM

Hospitals and health facilities across Southern NSW will be improved as part of an $8 million funding boost under the NSW Government’s Rural Health Minor Works Program.

Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward said the Southern New South Wales Local Health District would benefit with just on $584,000 in funding for two projects to improve health care for local residents.

“The Liberals & Nationals Government is playing catch up from years of neglect from Labor and delivering better health facilities to regional and rural
areas,” Ms Goward said.

“The Rural Health Minor Works Program will ensure regional hospitals and health facilities across the state are continually upgraded to improve patient safety.”

Ms Goward was pleased with the funding, and said “this will mean better health services for people in the Southern New South Wales Local Health District.”

Under the funding for Southern NSW, 32 new bedside monitors used for recording patients’ vital signs will be installed across facilities within the district including Goulburn, Yass, Queanbeyan, Pambula, Cooma and Bateman’s Bay. The monitors will also be connected to the hospital’s electronic medical record system.

There will also be an upgrade to five anaesthesia monitors in Goulburn, Cooma and Bateman’s Bay and two in Moruya which are used to monitor patients undergoing procedures requiring an anaesthetic. 

Anaesthetists will have access to more detailed information on the patient’s clinical status.

Since 2011-12, over $2 billion has been allocated to develop rural and
regional hospitals in NSW.

Of the 57 Health Infrastructure-managed projects (those over $10 million) underway as of May 2018, 33 are in regional NSW, with an estimated total cost of $4.8 billion, representing 58 per cent of the total current projects.

Funding has been approved for the following two projects in Southern New South Wales:·        
Patient Vital Signs and Spot Monitoring Devices which will enable upgrade of 32 vital signs monitoring stations ($133,987)    
Anaesthesia Delivery Systems Upgrade  which will upgrade five anaesthesia
delivery systems ($450,000)

The 2017/18 Budget for Southern NSW Local Health District is over $400 million, representing an increase of over $16 million on the 2016/17 budget (4.2 per cent). 

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