Labor promises a big expansion of LRH, if re-elected in November

THE Andrews Labor state government has promised to improve health care for Gippslanders if re-elected, with a massive expansion of the Latrobe Regional Hospital at Traralgon.

The hospital has already benefitted from an upgrade this year, including a bigger emergency department, cardiac surgery facilities and more than 70 new hospital beds.

The state government has now promised $217 million to build the next stage of Latrobe Regional Hospital’s expansion, delivering an additional 44 new beds and reducing elective surgery waiting times.

The hospital’s theatre complex will be expanded to include three new operating theatres and an additional 14 new medical and surgical beds for recovery, which will provide up to 6200 more elective surgeries per year and cut waiting times.

The maternity unit to be expanded, with two new birthing suites and six new maternity beds, as well as six special care nursery cots.

There will also be 227 new car parking spaces.

The state government says the project will create 600 construction jobs, and it has promised to finalise the designs next year and finish work by 2023, if elected.

Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing said the Andrews’ government was determined to invest in a “strong and healthy” future for Gippsland.