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Equipment boost for Northern Health

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Northern Health is among health services across Victoria set to receive medical equipment and essential infrastructure through the State Government’s Medical Equipment Replacement Program.

As part of the latest round, 23 health services will share in $55 million for new equipment that includes MRI machines, microscopes, digital X-ray units, CT scanners, as well as heart imaging equipment such as fluoroscopy units and SPECT-CT gamma cameras.

Northern Health is also among 18 health services to receive money from the government’s latest round of the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program.

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Health services will share in more than $20 million to upgrade infrastructure such generators, chillers, emergency lighting, nurse call systems and patient lifts and alarm systems.

Acting Premier Jacinta Allan said the new equipment ensured hospitals were up to speed when it came to delivering healthcare for all Victorians.

“We’re giving our hardworking doctors and nurses the equipment they need, so they can continue doing what they do best – saving lives,” she said.

Acting Health Minister Lizzie Blandthorn said the investments were to help Victorians access their local hospitals comfortably.

“By investing in new equipment and infrastructure upgrades across Melbourne and regional Victoria we’re ensuring that all Victorians can access world-class health services, no matter where they live,” she said.

“We’ll also invest more than $20 million to deliver upgrades at hospitals across Victoria – ensuring our doctors and nurses are caring for Victorians in modern and safe facilities.”

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