EUROA Health has finally been given publicly funded beds after years of rallying by the community, the hospital and politicians.
Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) announced a new deal on Thursday between Euroa Health and Goulburn Valley Health which will see local public patients treated sooner.
Euroa patients now have better access to safe and high quality public hospital care, right on their doorstep, without needing to stay at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton unnecessarily.
This builds on the existing relationship for the delivery of a range of non-acute clinical services.
The deal means that some patients can be admitted directly to Euroa Health while others will be transferred from Goulburn Valley Health to Euroa Health to continue their inpatient hospital care and treatment and recovery.
It will also help families battling with rising medical costs save money on expensive travel and accommodation.
So far, several patients this year have been admitted to Euroa program under this arrangement.
“I would like to congratulate the Euroa Health CEO Wayne Sullivan and the board who have worked hard to put this agreement in place which will now see Euroa patients treated closer to home,” Ms Symes said.
“Having worked with Mr Sullivan and the board as well as Minister for Health Jill Hennessy I am pleased we have secured this agreement which will see initially a limited number of public patients treated at Euroa Health.
“The Labor Government is getting on with making sure country Victorians can get the care they need for appropriate conditions, sooner and closer to home and loved ones.
“Euroa residents now have greater access to safe and high quality hospital care in their own community.
“This is a landmark deal for Euroa that brings more public hospital services to Euroa Health.
“Doctors, nurses and staff at Euroa Health do a fantastic job and Labor is giving them the support they need to provide safe and high quality inpatient care and keep locals healthy.”
Euroa Health CEO Wayne Sullivan said, “The Board of Euroa Health has been working towards having some capacity to treat public patients for some time and we are appreciative that Jaclyn has been able to facilitate this”.
“As a Community Owned Not for Profit Health Care organisation we are always looking for ways to improve and broaden the range of services that we offer.
“The addition of public bed capacity, be it limited will prove to be a valuable addition.”
In 2017/18, the Labor Government will be committing funding of $139,200 to support the initiative.
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 delivered $1.67 billion to support hospitals meet demand and provide the high quality care Victorian patients deserve.
This boost to the region comes on top of $259,000 in Labor Government funding for Euroa Health provided in the 2016/17 financial year