Day surgery upgrade for Barwon Health patients

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A new $6.38 million surgery hub will offer greater comfort and convenience for patients preparing for or recovering from day surgery at Geelong University Hospital.

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy joined Member for Geelong Christine Couzens and Member for Lara John Eren opening the new Barwon Health Surgery Hub today (December 5, 2017).

It includes consulting rooms, 12 patient holding bays, 11 patient recovery bays, admissions and discharge waiting rooms, patients’ belongings room, family room and offices.

Its brightly-decorated ‘Tree House’ admissions area, with dedicated paediatric staff, aims to help ease experiences for children and families, and plush recliners aim to ensure maximum comfort for recovering patients.

About 50 patients a day will pass through the Hub. It replaces a dated area which was unable to cope with the patient volume and did not have a second-stage recovery area.

The Hub is part of a $93.2 million hospital upgrade. Stage one of the overall upgrade is now complete and stages two to four will provide new staff amenities, improved sterile and equipment store capabilities and office meeting rooms.

“We are investing in Victoria’s health system and building important projects – like the one here in Geelong – so that all Victorians get the quality health care they need,” Ms Hennessy said.

The 2017-18 State Budget included $2 billion for health and ambulance services, programs and agencies across four years, including $1.67 billion supporting hospitals to deliver more care, services and surgeries.

Ms Couzens said as part of the $93.2 million University Hospital upgrade patients, and especially children, would be getting the day surgery facilities they deserve.

Source: A media release from Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy.