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$85 million to upgrade hospital engineering and medical equipment
Twenty-eight health services will share $85 million in funding to upgrade or replace vital engineering infrastructure and medical equipment.
Upgrading medical equipment
The 2021-22 Medical Equipment Replacement Program will provide $35 million of funding across 18 metropolitan and regional health services.
Cutting-edge equipment funded as part of the program includes:
- Computed Tomography (CT) scanners
- digital x-ray units
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) units
- heart imaging equipment, such as transesophageal echocardiogram units, fluoroscopy units and SPECT-CT gamma cameras.
At Ballarat Health Services funding will provide a new MRI unit. This replacement technology will investigate and diagnose conditions that affect soft tissue such as tumours or brain disorders.
Funding for Monash Health is providing a new cardiac catheter laboratory and SPECT-CT gamma camera system at its Clayton campus and a replacement fixed fluoroscopy system and an upgraded CT scanner at Dandenong Hospital.
This new and replacement technology will provide better imaging, diagnostic and safety outcomes for patients.
At Peninsula Health, funding will provide a replacement CT scanner which will deliver quicker scan times and enhanced scanning capability.
Upgrading engineering infrastructure
Through the 2021-22 Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program, 25 metropolitan and regional hospitals will share in $50 million to replace critical engineering infrastructure. This will include:
- emergency lighting
- nurse call systems
- air conditioning systems
- patient lifts.
Last updated: 23 August 2022
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