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December 2012

Redevelopment for Eye and Ear

Premier Ted Baillieu has announced the full funding to proceed with the redevelopment of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

The announcement comes on the eve of the RVEEH’s 150th birthday in 2013.

Mr Baillieu said the redevelopment would set the RVEEH up for the next stage in its exciting future.

‘The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital delivers more than half Victoria’s public general eye surgery and 90 per cent of our specialist eye surgery.

‘It’s the biggest provider of ear, nose and throat health services, including all of Victoria’s public Cochlear implants.’

Mr Baillieu said government funding for the RVEEH redevelopment project included major reconfiguration, upgrade and expansion of existing facilities for clinical services and significant improvements to the associated on-site teaching, training and research facilities.

The funding will allow the revamping of the structure and layout of the hospital to improve the efficiency of services for the more than 240,000 patients it currently sees each year.

When completed, the hospital will be able to care for an extra 7,000 patients each year.

‘This will enable the hospital to better meet the current and future demand for elective and emergency surgery in the ophthalmology and ENT specialties and greatly assist the hospital to provide more high-quality statewide services,’ Mr Baillieu said.

‘The hospital is operating at full capacity and is unable to expand to meet growing demand.

‘A new world-class hospital will help meet demand and reduce outpatient waiting times.’

Minister for Health David Davis said work was expected to be completed in late 2017 and would allow the RVEEH to better meet future demand for age-related eye and ear conditions as Victoria’s population aged.

‘Careful staging of construction will minimise the impact on the day-to-day operations of the hospital as the redevelopment proceeds.’

Mr Davis said the state-of-the-art redevelopment would also enable Victoria to capitalise on its world-class leadership in eye and ear research developments.

‘The RVEEH has cemented its position as one of the world’s premier hospitals in its field, as a major international stand-alone specialist eye and ear hospital,’ Mr Davis said.