The Victorian Government has announced $2.62 million to expand the Special Care Nursery in the Thomson maternity unit at LRH.
Health Minister Jill Hennessy visited the nursery and met the parents of some of the babies in our care before the announcement.
The funding will enable LRH to double the number of cots to 12 which will significantly boost capacity to deliver neonatal care to premature babies and those with special needs.
LRH chief executive Peter Craighead said the funding would also allow for three rooms in maternity and three paediatric rooms in the Tarra unit to be remodelled. Work is expected to begin later this year.
The funding has been made available through the first round of the government’s new Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.
The Minister also formally announced a boost to telehealth services with Monash Health receiving $332,000 to work with LRH, Bass Coast Health, Bairnsdale Regional Health and Central Gippsland Health Service to increase access to telehealth consultations for paediatric specialist clinics.
LRH Board Chair Kellie O'Callaghan (far left) and Health Minister Jill Hennessy (second from right) meet Nicole and Nick Egan, the parents of twin girls who spent time in the Thomson Special Care Nursery.