CENTRAL Gippsland Health’s expanded oncology unit was officially opened on Friday to the applause of hospital staff and local residents.
The $1.2 million project is expected to meet the growing demand for oncology activity, which has doubled in the past five years.
The expansion provides larger, refurbished patient facilities and will allow for more chemotherapy treatments for people in Sale.
The project almost doubled the size of the previous oncology unit, and provides a discreet waiting room, offices, staff station, a quiet room, courtyard, nine oncology bays, toilets and utility rooms.
It was funded through donations, including $600,000 from the estate of Graham Flint and $150,000 from Murray Goulburn.
Wellington Shire mayor Carolyn Crossley who stepped in for Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing, said the project was “an amazing outcome” for Sale.
“These services need to be in our community and not elsewhere,” she said.
She said she felt “pride” in the community, which provided the money.
Cr Crossley said donors should be congratulated for their generosity.
The redevelopment is an important component of the CGHS Health Plan 2012-2022, which is the service’s response to the Rural and Regional Health Plan, and also the CGHS Strategic Plan 2014.