Improved endoscopy services will be delivered once a $4 million redevelopment of Shepparton Private Hospital is completed.By Kaitlin Thals
After 15 years of planning, a new day procedure building has been approved with funding by hospital operator Ramsay Health Care.
Work on the redevelopment will start in January and the building is expected to open in May.
Hospital chief executive Sheryl Keir said the redevelopment would free up in-patient beds, more patients could be admitted and endoscopy services would be ‘‘greatly’’ improved.
‘‘Currently we’ve got a six-bed day stay unit and a lot of our in-patient beds are being used for same day patients. It will free up in-patient beds and we will be able to have more admissions,’’ Ms Keir said.
‘‘There’s still a lot of doubt in the minds of some staff if this is actually going to happen, the plans have never made it to council. This has dated back 15 years and they’ve heard it all before, but nothing ever happens — well, it’s happening.’’
Ms Keir said four initial nursing staff members would be employed and they were yet to review the needs for the support services.
She said the new building, measuring 16
The new building will be located at the rear of the hospital attached by two corridors — one will lead to the entrance and the other will be linked directly to the operating theatres.
Ms Keir said during construction there would be an upgrade to the power supply, which would cause minor disruption to the hospital, having to rely on a back-up generator for about 30 minutes.
Hospital director clinical services Margot McGrath has spent more than 12 months working on staff recruitment to ensure staff hired were appropriately skilled.
‘‘We’re just really excited about the redevelopments here, it’s a major coup for Shepparton Private Hospital and the broader community,’’ Ms McGrath said.
A Sydney contractor was appointed by Ramsay Health Care to manage the redevelopment.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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