PATIENTS and staff will be more comfortable at South Gippsland Hospital, even on the hottest and coldest days, with the announcement of funding for a new air conditioning system.
The hospital has been successful in its application for a grant of $146,400 under the state government’s 2010/11 Engineering and Infrastructure Program.
“We’re very excited to get this funding. It’s been a long time coming and is sorely needed,” said the hospital’s chief executive officer, Ward Steet.
“The money will be used to retrofit a split system across the hospital. At the moment we have air conditioning only in isolated pockets of the hospital. Now we will be able to get rid of the extremes in temperature on very cold or very hot days. We will provide better working conditions for staff, and the hospital will be more comfortable for patients, too.”
The grant for the local hospital is part of more than $5.5 million the government is allocating to the upgrade and improvement of infrastructure in regional health services.
Mr Steet plans to get the air conditioning system installed as soon as the money comes through. He hopes it can be in place before the summer heat arrives.