A new operating table and renal dialysis unit are just two features of an impending expansion planned for Healesville Hospital, according to Health Minister David Davis.
Mr Davis announced that $7.8 million in government funding will be used to provide additional health services to the Healesville community.
The announcement is welcome news to the locals after the 'Save Healesville Hospital Action Group' was formed late last year in response to reductions to maternity and surgical facilities.
Mr Davis said the Victorian Government's investment in Healesville will allow the hospital to perform 200 additional general surgical, endoscopy and gynaecological procedures each year.
"The specialist clinic at Healesville Hospital will increase its activities and offer more than 300 additional appointments in the specialities of cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology and respiratory," Mr Davis said.
Part of the funding has also been allocated to an expansion of the Yarra Valley Community Health Centre and the establishment of new consulting suites.
While Healesville is a public hospital, prospective patients are encouraged to use their private health insurance when being treated there.