Djerriwarrh Health Services as defended its record since 2015, in the wake of a now-retired senior midwife facing allegations at a VCAT hearing last week.

A spokesperson for the Bacchus Marsh hospital said the service had seen “profound change” since October 2015, when the State Government reviewed a series of baby deaths dating back to 2001.

That has included $30 million spent on infrastructure and systems support.

“It now has a robust, reinvigorated clinical governance processes, systemic training, continued professional development and strong leadership to ensure Djerriwarrh is a safe, secure and fully-functioning health service for the people of Bacchus Marsh and Melton,” he said.

“These substantial changes and major improvements have ensured an energised health service, talented and committed staff, well-equipped to meet the immediate and future care needs of its diverse and rapidly growing region.”

The hospital was also on of the first in Victoria to open a ‘drive-through’ COVID19 test clinic.

Since March, more than 7300 tests have been carried out by staff at the health service.

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