More than $1.39 million in funding will go towards upgrading critical infrastructure at Ballarat Base Hospital through the second round of the Victorian Government’s Rural Health Infrastructure Fund.

The funding boost for Ballarat Base Hospital will be used to replace zoned  air conditioning throughout the hospital’s mental health facility. With improved comfort, quality and safety in the mental health facilities at Ballarat Base Hospital, patients will enjoy better health outcomes.

Meanwhile, the hospital will also replace existing hot water boilers with systems that are 20 per cent more efficient, improving reliability, efficiency and saving money on expensive energy bills.

Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, said, “We’re putting patients first and revamping our rural and regional health services across the state so more patients in rural Victoria can be treated sooner, closer to home.”

The latest funding comes on top of $4 million provided to Ballarat Health Services in the first round of the Fund to start planning for future needs of the hospital and replace six laparoscopic cameras in the existing operating suites.

At the Queen Elizabeth centre we have replaced chillers and expanded wireless networks.

The Fund was expanded by a further $50 million – taking the total investment into the state’s rural and regional health services to $250 million.

The Fund is the largest of its kind in Victorian history, and is giving all Victorians access to the high-quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.

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