WESTERN District Health Service will receive almost $1 million in funding to help fight against the increasing numbers of influenza this season.
The funding – $968,890 – has been made available to help treat flu patients at WDHS after one of Victoria’s worst flu seasons on record.
It was anticipated the funding will help hospital staff care for affected patients, enable quicker hospital transfer times for paramedics while people waiting for elective surgery will also benefit.
While the flu season is drawing to a close, hospitals were still urging those with serious flu symptoms to see a general practitioner, call Nurse-On-Call or gain advice from their local pharmacist.
The boost is part of the rising demand on the health system.
During winter there was a surge in people visiting hospitals state-wide.
In August, more than 3,900 people visited emergency departments throughout Victoria each day. This marked the largest number for August on record.
Cases at WDHS were also on the rise in patients aged between five to 101 years of age.