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April 2015

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Western Health board chair Bronwyn Pike, ICU director Craig French, ICU services manager Fiona Gray and perioperative and critical care services divisional director Claire Culley tour the new Sunshine Hospital ICU.

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Sunshine Hospital ICU nurse unit manager Nicole Keogh and ICU services manager Fiona Gray in the new unit.

World-class emergency care for Sunshine

The $29.28 million redevelopment of Sunshine Hospital will provide Melbourne’s west with world-class emergency care closer to home.

The redevelopment features a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, two cutting-edge cardiac catheterisation laboratories, a coronary care unit, a renal dialysis unit and medical imaging services featuring an angiography suite, CT scanner and ultrasound.

It was officially opened Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mary-Anne Thomas

Rebuilding of Sunshine Hospital began in 2007 with a $184 million upgrade to the central sterilising supply department and maternity ward, a new four-bunker radiotherapy facility and the Western Centre for Health Research and Education, as well as a new four-level inpatient building.

This latest redevelopment means Sunshine Hospital now offers the full range of critical care services.

The project included an expansion of the hospital’s maternity services with five additional labour deliver rooms.

With an ICU now on site, mothers needing critical care will no longer have to be transferred to another hospital and separated from their babies.

Sunshine Hospital has the third highest number of births in Victoria with 5,100 babies delivered in the last 12 months.

The expansion will also see some services move to Sunshine Hospital from Footscray Hospital, including cancer, stroke, cardiology, neurology and respiratory services and other medical specialists.

Intensive care and major surgery will continue to operate from Footscray Hospital.

The State Government has also committed $200 million to build the Western Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Sunshine.

Once completed, this new hospital in the West will free up beds and theatre space at Sunshine Hospital so it can perform up to 7,000 more operations each year and support other vital services including cancer, sub-acute care and rehabilitation.

‘Melbourne’s west is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and, with this latest expansion, Sunshine Hospital is now the number one hospital for acute care in the area,’ Ms Thomas said.

‘This redevelopment means that residents of Melbourne’s west have access to vital critical care, closer to home.

‘This is particularly special for new mothers needing critical care, because they won’t have to be separated from their babies anymore.’