Kilmore hospital helipad ready for take off
16 June 2016
Thursday 16 June 2016
Kilmore and District Memorial Hospital’s new helipad is officially ready for use.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan visited the hospital on Thursday as the final lights on the helipad were being installed.
“This helipad provides a direct route to Melbourne’s major hospitals in the event someone needs to be transferred quickly by air ambulance,” Ms Ryan said.
“Having in the community will provide peace of mind in the knowledge that critically ill patients can be rapidly transferred.”
Ms Ryan said the opening of the helipad marked the completion of the $20 million redevelopment of Kilmore hospital.
“The $10 million investment made by the former Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition to redevelop the hospital and build the helipad was important to ensure increased demand from population growth is met,” Ms Ryan said.
“A further $10 million was invested by the Commonwealth Government.”
“The works have doubled the number of acute beds and operating theatres and added a new outpatient facility, to give local residents greater access to specialist services.
“The helipad is the final stage of the project and will make a tremendous difference to patient transport capacity at the hospital.
“I congratulate Kilmore and District Hospital’s CEO Susan Race, staff at the hospital and the builders and contractors who worked to see the project completed,” Ms Ryan said.