Raymond Smith, Minister for Health and Ageing, is giving a speech to the local community about upgrades to St Gregory’s, a hospital located in a city called Saltham.
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Good morning. My name is Raymond Smith, Minister for Health and Ageing, and I am pleased to announce a major upgrade to the facilities at St Gregory’s Hospital in Saltham.
This upgrade will boast 88 new wards, four new specialist departments and a renovation to the chapel.
These new specialist departments will include an ICU, an ENT department, a cardiology department and a gynaecology and obstetrics department.
We also aim to cut elective surgery waiting lists by 35% which will allow an extra 78 patients a day to be processed.
This is a milestone for St Gregory’s Hospital which, as we all know, struggled last year due to a lack of funding from the previous state government.
Today we are also excited to release a new plan which will make the ageing population in this region a priority.
This package will allocate funding for future innovative projects such as the construction of a new nursing home, as well as a dementia ward, with an aim to combat Alzheimer’s disease.
Lastly, we are working on establishing a new vaccination clinic to provide better services for Australians travelling overseas who require immunisation.
This came about in light of a new survey which revealed that 45% of Aussie travellers have not had even basic vaccines such as influenza, tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough.
Well this more or less wraps up our announcement today. We look forward to hearing your feedback at our community consultation day on 9 June at Saltham Town Hall. Thank you.