Joint Media Release
The Hon ROBERT MCCLELLAND MP
Member for Barton
Hon DARYL MELHAM MP
Member for Banks
Hon KEVIN GREENE MP
Member for Oatley
CHERIE BURTON MP
Member for Kogarah
Federal Member for Barton, Robert McClelland MP, Federal Member for Banks, Hon Daryl Melham MP, and State Member for Oatley, Kevin Greene MP, along with Cherie Burton, Member for Kogarah, today welcomed the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreement which will see $790,000 for new surgical and emergency equipment and minor capital works at St George Hospital enhancing patient care.
“This funding will ensure that St George residents will have access to the latest technology in the battle against liver cancer,” Daryl Melham said.
Patients at St George Hospital are set to benefit from more than $5.4 million in additional funding for South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Health under the historic health and hospital reforms program between the State and Federal governments.
A new cryo surgery machine to the Hospital’s operating theatre will be used for the management of patients with liver tumours and will greatly improve surgical outcomes for patients undergoing liver surgery.
In addition to this, the replacement anaesthetic monitoring system for operating theatres will ensure optimal patient safety during emergency and elective surgery.
The package of new medical technology for the Hospital includes:
- Anaesthetic monitoring system – $450,000
- Cyro Surgery machine – $200,000
- Two ECG machines – $24,000
- Compact ultrasound machine – $40,000
- Ventilator – $20,000
- Bariatric Trauma Bed – $15,000
Included in emergency department funding is $25,000 for minor capital works to facilitate early assessment for patients needing emergency care.
This major heath investment adds to the 16 acute beds, three high dependency unit beds and four special care cots at St George Hospital, announced by the NSW Health Minister recent weeks.
St George Hospital will also receive $10 million in funding for the redevelopment of the Emergency Department.
The current allocation of COAG funds will see Hospitals across SESIH share in $5.4 million of additional funding announcements.
The additional funding will greatly improve patient safety and provide the latest state-of-the-art medical equipment for managing patients during critical parts of their hospital stay.
Robert McClelland said “this is part of the Governments action to move Australia forward with better health and hospitals for the people of Barton.”
“The staff of St George Hospital and the residents of St George deserve access to the best medical equipment available. I am proud to see the benefits of this agreement to St George Hospital first hand”, Robert McClelland said.
Member for Oatley, Kevin Greene, said the funding boost was achieved as a result of the excellent co-operation between the Keneally and Gillard Governments.
“St George Hospital leads the way in the provision of high-quality emergency and trauma care and the extra funding announced today will ensure that St George residents will continue to receive the best possible health care”, Mr Greene said.
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