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February 2021

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An artist’s impression shows an aerial view of the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.

Ballarat Base to be bigger and better

The State Government is boosting investment in the redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital, ensuring the region’s families and dedicated hospital staff get the world-class facilities they deserve and need to treat thousands more patients a year.

The Victorian Budget 2020/21 included $178.2 million for the Guaranteeing Energy Supply initiative that ensures hospitals have capacity and a reliable backup energy supply if there was a power failure in the electricity grid.

As part of this initiative, Ballarat Base Hospital will receive $80 million to build a new central energy plant which will be integrated with the redevelopment – bringing the Government’s total investment in the project to $541.6 million.

Construction will begin this year, creating more than 1,400 construction jobs.

The upgraded hospital includes a multi-level tower with a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, state-of-the-art theatre suite and an extra 100 inpatient and short-stay beds.

There will also be a new and expanded critical care floor with an intensive care unit, operating theatres, procedure rooms, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms – delivering capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries every year.

Once complete, the hospital will have capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients each year.

‘We’re putting regional patients first and upgrading our major regional hospitals across the state so more patients can be treated sooner, closer to home,’ said Minister for Health Martin Foley.