Neerim District Health Service have officially opened their new Health and Wellbeing Centre and Palliative Care Room following months of orchestrated planning.
Neerim District Hospital’s Health and Wellbeing Centre was made possible thanks to a $96,000 Victorian Government grant and $15,000 from the Andrews Foundation.
The Neerim District Health Service Ladies Guild also actively raised funds for the Pallitative Care project and were awarded $5,000 from the William Angliss Charitable Fund for the purchase of a new palliative care bed.
Neeerim District Health Services new Health and Wellbeing Centre is a multi-functional space that gives clients and aged care residents increased access to physiotherapy and podiatry services.
The centre also provides staff and community groups with a ‘meeting and training space’.
In a statement, Neerim District Health Service said they recognised the need to provide a more private and respectful environment for patients who are receiving end of life care and their families.
NDHS’ new Palliative Care Room will enable the health service to ensure patients and their families have the privacy and support they need during what is a very difficult time.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing attended Neerim District Health Service’s official opening yesterday afternoon.
Ms Shing said the Andrews Labor Government aims to provide Victorians with access to health services closer to home and Neerim District Hospital is a prime example of this.
“The community is rightly proud of its health service in Neerim South and these new facilities will improve access to high quality health services, closer to home.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with giving the dedicated doctors and nurses at Neerim District Health Service the funding they need to increase services, treat more patients sooner and keep locals healthy.”
According to Ms Shing the Andrews Government is injecting record funding into Victorian hospitals so patients can be treated sooner.
“In the Victorian Budget 2016/17, an extra $2.45 billion was delivered for health, so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, and upgrade buildings and infrastructure.”
“The investment aims to enable hospitals to admit an extra 79,000 patients and treat an extra 43,000 patients in emergency departments across Victoria.”