A NEW $7.4 million facility providing Macedon Ranges residents with improved healthcare has been officially opened.
Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas was joined by Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters to open the ambulatory unit at Kyneton Hospital on Thursday.
The multi-million-dollar facility, which is jointly funded by the federal and Victorian governments, focuses on rehabilitation, mental health and primary care services.
Kyneton District Health chief executive officer Maree Cuddihy said staff had been operating out of the unit for several months.
She said the centre, which was completed on-time and on-budget, features modern designs and innovations to support patient care and recovery.
“(The official opening) was a chance to welcome back and acknowledge the efforts of everyone involved from concept to development and construction,” she said.
Patients undergoing rehabilitation following an accident or illness have access to a wide range of resources designed to hasten their recovery.
They can use the new gym to build strength, regain their cooking skills in a simulated kitchen, or make use of the outdoor mobility garden.
Patients can also play putt-putt on the golf green, hang out washing and learn to again walk safely and confidently across a range of surfaces.
Ms Thomas, who unveiled a plaque to mark the centre’s official opening, said it was a proud day for the Macedon Ranges community.
“These dedicated modern spaces will help local patients to regain their independence and quality of life after a hospital stay,” she said.
The project includes a state-of-the-art helipad to support serious emergencies and an increased number of free parks, making it easier for people in the Macedon Ranges to access quality care close to home.
A GP practice is scheduled to open within the precinct next month, meaning doctors will be available more frequently to support the health professionals working at the hospital.
The new facility will host the hospital’s annual general meeting on November 19 from 7pm.