LRH allocated state planning money

MONEY for the expansion of Latrobe Regional Hospital will be included in the state budget today.

The state government has allocated $7 million provided for planning.

The Latrobe Regional Hospital’s theatre complex will be expanded to include three new operating theatres and an additional 14 new medical and surgical beds for recovery, making sure 6200 additional elective surgeries can be completed each year, cutting waiting times.

The maternity unit will also expand, with two new birthing suites, six new maternity beds and six special care nursery cots.

There will also be 227 new car parking spaces.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the government was proving Gippsland families a world-class hospital.

“This massive upgrade of Latrobe Regional Hospital will mean patients can get the first-class treatment they need to get back to full health, and nurses and doctors will have a hospital that backs them to do what they do best,” she said.

Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing said the budget allocation was a “big win” for Latrobe Valley patients.

“We said we’d get on and completely upgrade Latrobe Regional Hospital, and we’re delivering on our promise,” she said.

The project will create 600 construction jobs, with works to be complete by 2023.