Creswick Nursing Home will undergo a major redevelopment thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in Hepburn Health.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP today announced that Hepburn Health would receive $2.83 million through the first round of the Labor Government’s new Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.  Sue Gervasoni, Acting CEO (Deputy CEO), Hepburn Health said, “We are thrilled to see this commitment to rural health from the Victorian Labor Government. This investment will allow the redevelopment of the Creswick Nursing Home which will significantly improve the lives of residents and their families and ensure a sustainable facility to serve the community into the future.”

The $200 million fund – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – will rebuild rural and regional health services to ensure all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.”We’re revamping our rural and regional health services so more people in Hepburn, Creswick, Daylesford and Clunes can get the care they need, closer to home.” Ms Thomas said.

For Hepburn Health this means a $2.47 million investment to redevelop Creswick Nursing Home, and an additional $354,000 to replace out of date technology across all of the Hepburn Health sites in Daylesford, Creswick, Trentham and Clunes.

This significant investment at Creswick Nursing Home will mean better and safer care for residents and modern facilities for staff. Some of the improvements include the establishment of single rooms with ensuite bathrooms, a new overhead patient lifting system, improved access to the outside area and a new centralised activity space that will make it easier for family and friends to engage with the residents. The capacity in the specialist dementia unit will also be doubled from 6 – 12 beds. Ms Thomas said, “The staff at Hepburn Health do a remarkable job. We are supporting them by providing adequate resources and facilities to ensure the service they provide meets the needs of the Hepburn community.”

Ms Thomas added, “Our investment will make a real difference to the lives of residents who will get the safe, high quality care and treatment they need.”

The redevelopment will be completed by mid-2020, with the new IT service operational by the end of 2017.