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April 2021

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Artists impressions of the aerial view of Footscray Hospital.

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Artists impressions of the ground view of Footscray Hospital.

Footscray Hospital biggest health project ever

Work on the biggest health infrastructure project in Victoria’s history has begun with new designs unveiled for the $1.5 billion Footscray Hospital, which will deliver thousands of jobs and better care for Melbourne’s west.

The new Footscray Hospital will replace the current hospital on Gordon Street, which was built in the 1950s.

Set to open in 2025, it will support population growth across Melbourne’s western region in the coming years.

Operated by Western Health, the new hospital will have more than 500 beds, treat almost 15,000 additional patients and allow almost 20,000 extra people to be seen by the emergency department each year.

There will also be more outpatient, mental health, palliative care and surgical services.

The hospital will be a community asset and include facilities such as childcare, gymnasium, pharmacy, general practice and cafes.

With a strong focus on sustainability, the design will enable the future electrification of the hospital to support Victoria’s transition to a net zero carbon economy by 2050.

The project will employ more than 2,000 people during peak construction and will be built using more than 90 per cent of materials, services and equipment sourced from local businesses.

It is also expected to create more than 250 new jobs once fully operational and attract additional services and investment to the area.

‘This bigger and better hospital will cut waiting times and take pressure off other Melbourne hospitals, so patients in Melbourne’s west can get the world-class care they need faster and closer to home,’ said Minister for Health Martin Foley.