An urgent care facility at Port Fairy's Moyne Health should be a matter of priority in next week's state budget, says Western Victoria MP James Purcell.
Mr Purcell has met with the Health Minister regarding the $100 million project, raised the matter in Parliament and campaigned to both the Treasurer and Premier for immediate funding for the project.
"Rural health services shouldn't have to wait. Moyne Health and the communities it services need this funding urgently," Mr Purcell said.
Moyne Health Services in Port Fairy is a public, not for profit, integrated healthcare service that helps meet community healthcare needs in Port Fairy and surrounding districts in the Moyne Shire.
It employs more than 190 people, and currently operates a 15 bed acute hospital, 52 place hostel, 30 place nursing home, Accident and Emergency, primary and community care services, adult day centre and allied health services.
"Moyne Health Services has been in operation in Port Fairy for more than 160 years and the new Urgent Care Facility will immediately address the current structural and functional building risks in connection with nursing staff having to walk from the hospital to the other end of the building to attend to urgent care clients.
"This will significantly improve patient care outcomes," said Mr Purcell.
There are many benefits from this project, including:
Safe and secure ambulance transfers;
• New public entry and drop off zone;
• A co-located hospital/nursing home and urgent care facility;
• Central staff base with clear observation to all acute areas;
• A new X-ray facility.
Mr Purcell has raised the need for funding for this project in Parliament and has urged the Premier and Treasurer for positive action in the coming budget.