Government builds on world-class services
The Government is determined to keep building world-class hospitals to support Victorian families in suburbs, towns and especially regional cities, Minister for Health Daniel Andrews said.
As well as the $473 million Bendigo Hospital centrepiece, the $2.3 billion 2010 State Budget hospital and health service building program includes:
• $407.5 million to redevelop Box Hill Hospital with more operating theatres and a new, expanded emergency department;
• $33.6 million for expanded capacity at the Geelong Hospital and to commence planning and purchase land for a community hospital in Geelong’s southern suburbs;
• $25.8 million for the redevelopment of Coleraine Hospital;
• $25 million for Stage 2 of the redevelopment of Leongatha Hospital;
• $13 million towards the new $55 million Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, funded in partnership with the Commonwealth;
• $10.9 million to expand acute and intensive care services at Monash Children’s;
• $9.1 million to redevelop and relocate the MonashLink Community Health Service branch in Glen Waverley;
• $7.4 million for two additional catheterisation laboratories at Northern Hospital;
• $10 million to redevelop allied health facilities at Royal Melbourne Hospital and $5 million to support increased surgical capacity and open 10 new Intensive Care Unit beds at the Alfred, Austin, St Vincent’s, Northern, Frankston and Geelong Hospitals;
• $90.5 million to complete the Sunshine Hospital expansion and redevelopment;
• $68.9 million for Stage 2 of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital, providing a clinical services building and consolidating radiation and oncology services and additional cancer research floors;
• $35 million to replace essential medical equipment in hospitals and a further $20 million for critical hospital and health infrastructure projects;
• $3 million to upgrade the Healesville Hospital.