The Andrews Labor Government is making Kilmore and District Hospital safer for patients, staff and visitors with a vital upgrade to security systems.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the hospital would receive nearly $500,000 through the third round of the Labor Government’s flagship Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.

Visiting Kilmore and District Hospital, with Labor candidate for Euroa, Fionna Deppeler-Morton, Ms Symes said Labor was investing nearly $500,000 to upgrade closed circuit television, install new signage and upgrade IT technology.

This investment will mean safer care for patients and a safer workplace for staff with enhanced CCTV cameras to deter inappropriate behaviour and respond to incidents.

The $250 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – provides an opportunity for country health services to apply for funding for their priority projects to ensure they can deliver the high-quality care and facilities Victorian patients deserve, no matter where they live.

“We’re putting patients first and revamping our country hospitals and health services like Kilmore Hospital so more patients can be treated sooner, closer to home,” Ms Symes said.

“Any violence against our dedicated doctors and nurses is never OK. Abuse is not part of the job and won’t be tolerated. They deserve respect and to be safe at work.

“This funding boost will make Kilmore Hospital safer for all, especially for health workers on the front line caring for people and their loved ones.”

Ms Deppeler-Morton said today’s announcement was further evidence of Labor’s commitment to not only Kilmore but the wider Euroa electorate.

“This is fantastic news for Kilmore Hospital staff and patients and follows Labor’s significant investments across local health services, including Nexus Health and Seymour and Euroa hospitals – following years of cuts under the former Liberal National Government,” she said.

In previous funding rounds, Kilmore and District Hospital has received $765,000 to buy important medical equipment including for maternity and neonatal needs that have recently been implemented and is allowing midwifery and medical staff to offer the most up to date, safe and efficient care for mothers and their babies born at The Kilmore and District Hospital.

Under Labor the hospital has also upgraded fire safety infrastructure and nurse call communication systems, opened the helipad and is part way through the $300,000 expansion of Caladenia Nursing Home.

At Kilmore Hospital, the Labor Government is investing $15.51 million in 2018/19. That’s $1.6 million more than the previous 12 months – an 11.5 per cent increase. The funding for Kilmore Hospital has increased by $4.62 million, or 42.4 per cent, since 2014/15.