LRH gains funding for major expansion

Latrobe Regional Hospital is set to go ahead with a major expansion that will see its emergency department more than double in size.

The State Government has this morning announced it will allocate $73 million in this year’s budget for the expansion, which will also include a cardiac cathaterisation laboratory to help decrease the need for patents to travel to Melbourne for procedures requiring a heart catheter.

Two day endoscopy rooms will free up one of the hospital’s operating theatres for emergency procedures; the project will also include a mobile imaging facility for emergency patients, 30 new acute ward beds and a 12-bed short stay unit.

It comes after a five-year push by the hospital for government funding.

Details in Thursday’s Express.