$21M pledge for GV Health stage two

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A HEALTHY COMMITMENT… From left, Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell, Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge, Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer holding newborn, Ruby Kirkby, The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe at the announcement on Monday that if elected the Liberal Nationals Government would commit $21M in funding towards a new Residential Mother and Baby Unit at GV Health and complete the hospital’s master plan as well as carry out early works involved in the early stage two redevelopment plan. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
A HEALTHY COMMITMENT… From left, Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell, Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge, Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer holding newborn, Ruby Kirkby, The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe at the announcement on Monday that if elected the Liberal Nationals Government would commit $21M in funding towards a new Residential Mother and Baby Unit at GV Health and complete the hospital’s master plan as well as carry out early works involved in the early stage two redevelopment plan. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
A HEALTHY COMMITMENT… From left, Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell, Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge, Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer holding newborn, Ruby Kirkby, The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe at the announcement on Monday that if elected the Liberal Nationals Government would commit $21M in funding towards a new Residential Mother and Baby Unit at GV Health and complete the hospital’s master plan as well as carry out early works involved in the early stage two redevelopment plan. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
A HEALTHY COMMITMENT… From left, Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell, Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge, Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer holding newborn, Ruby Kirkby, The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe at the announcement on Monday that if elected the Liberal Nationals Government would commit $21M in funding towards a new Residential Mother and Baby Unit at GV Health and complete the hospital’s master plan as well as carry out early works involved in the early stage two redevelopment plan. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

MORE than $21M has been put on the table to help fund the completion of GV Health’s master plan, deliver a five bed Residential Mother and Baby Unit and carry out early works involved in stage two of the hospital’s redevelopment, but the funding is dependent on The Liberal Nationals Government being elected this month.

Stage two, which would follow on from the conclusion of the current building works, includes the Integrated Cancer Centre as well as new and expanded mental health, outpatients, hospital in the home and car parking facilities and is expected to be completed within two terms.

Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge said, “Women in the Shepparton area will be able to stay together with their babies, when they might otherwise be admitted to the Adult Acute Unit and separated from their infants or even have to travel to Melbourne for their mental health care.”

Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer said, “This will be very welcome news to the people of the Shepparton electorate.

“If elected, I will get on with the job of building the Residential Mother and Baby Unite and stage two of the hospital redevelopment.”

The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz said, “I know how important GV Health is to our communities across the Shepparton electorate; my children were born at GV Health.

“Upgrading GV Health and delivering a new Residential Mother and Baby Unit will mean our local hospital can provide better care for our community.

“I believe our community deserves a better deal on health care and that’s what this investment will deliver.”