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December 2012

Group of people in hospital

Premier Ted Baillieu meets Mark and Emily Wolfenden and their sons, Sam and baby Rafael.

New children’s hospital for Monash

Another world-class children’s hospital in Victoria is set to become a reality with the Government committing the full funding to build the new Monash Children’s Hospital.

Premier Ted Baillieu, making the announcement with Health Minister David Davis, said the Monash Children’s, part of the Monash Medical Centre, would be ideally-placed to service the rapidly-growing population of Melbourne’s south-east growth corridor and the Gippsland catchment.

‘The new hospital will deliver new inpatient and surgery facilities within a dedicated hospital for children’s health services,’ Mr Baillieu said.

‘Thousands more children will have access to even better health services thanks to the development of the Monash Children’s Hospital.

‘The Monash Children’s Hospital will mean greater capacity to meet future demand for services and a purpose-designed environment to deliver patient-centred care to the extended catchment.

‘Additional bed capacity will allow Monash Children’s to treat 7,000 more children each year close to where they live.

‘This new service will also be a strong link with other services, including child protection,’ Mr Baillieu said.

The Monash Children’s Hospital project, when completed, will deliver 230 beds including:

•             96 paediatric beds;

•             12 dedicated children’s cancer day beds;

•             20 same day beds;

•             10 paediatric intensive care beds;

•             30 neonatal intensive care cots;

•             28 beds providing special mental health services for children and adolescents.

Mr Davis said the new Monash Children’s Hospital would be built on Monash Medical Centre Clayton land, next to the existing hospital, and would be operating in 2017.

‘This exciting development will also deliver three dedicated children’s operating theatres and a children’s procedure room, as well as dedicated children’s medical imaging facilities.