|$46.3m Kingston Centre stage 2 opens. Better rehab in Cheltenham.|
|Friday, 11 May 2012 18:26|
Mordialloc MP Lorraine Wreford joined Minister for Ageing David Davis today to officially open the $46.3 million Stage 2 redevelopment at the Kingston Centre in Cheltenham.
Ms Wreford said that the community rehabilitation services and hydrotherapy access would significantly benefit patients and their families in the region.
“The Kingston Centre is an important resource for the district because it provides sub acute care to so many who require it,” Ms Wreford said.
“This new facility is built with a view to the future. It is state of the art and the Centre will be at the forefront of community rehabilitation needs,” Ms Wreford said.
Mr Davis said the Kingston Centre Redevelopment had been underway since 2007 and had already included an essential kitchen upgrade and infrastructure works.
“Stage 2 of the redevelopment includes two 32-bed sub acute wards, a new hydrotherapy pool and new ambulatory facilities for rehabilitation services.
“I also commend the local community for raising and contributing $1.3 million to the hydrotherapy pool.”
Mr Davis said these new facilities will enhance the sub acute bed based care here at the Kingston Centre, provide improved options for care, promote alternative options to hospital care and will allow Southern Health to treat extra patients.
“These new buildings will support expanded service provision by providing an additional 32,000 occasions of service per year,” Mr Davis said.
“Further, this new facility will enable care provision within a contemporary purpose built space, improve occupational health and safety for patients and staff and provide increased levels of dignity and privacy for patients in the new sub-acute wards.”
Lorraine with the Minister at the opening of the Kingston Centre extension