PREMIER Daniel Andrews visited Frankston Hospital last Thursday morning (18 February) to officially open a new eight-bed Rapid Assessment Chest Pain Unit expected to treat up to 2000 patients per year.
The new eight-bed unit means specialist cardiologists can assess people with chest pain earlier and faster, to ease pressure on the emergency department. The extra beds at Frankston Hospital mark 92 out of 101 beds and points of care opened as a result of the Labor state government’s $200 million Hospital Beds Rescue Fund.
“In less than a year, we will deliver 101 new beds and points of care as promised, so Victorian patients can access the care they need, when they need it,” Mr Andrews said.
A new $5 million hybrid interventional operating theatre at Frankston Hospital is also now open for surgery, featuring cutting edge digital equipment that will allow surgeons to use minimally invasive surgical techniques.
The operating theatre, the largest in Australia, will mean patients undergo shorter surgeries and recover quicker.