NEW WESTERN WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL UNDER WAY

The Andrews Labor Government has commenced its search for a major construction company to build the new $200 million Western Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The Western Women’s and Children’s Hospital will be a multi-storey facility with 20 maternity delivery rooms, 237 beds, 39 special care nursery cots, four theatres and additional clinics.

With the number of births at Sunshine Hospital projected to exceed 7,000 per year by 2026, this new hospital will cater for the future needs of one of the fastest growing areas in Australia.

It will mean more women in Melbourne’s west will be able to give birth and access children’s services closer to home, while also freeing up beds at Sunshine Hospital for other health services.

Expressions of Interest are now open to appoint a builder for the new hospital.

Design consultants have already been engaged to commence work on the new state-of-art facility.  They include Lyons Pty Ltd (architects), Waterman AHW Pty Ltd (building services engineers), the Sweett Group (quantity surveyors) and PLP Building Surveyors Pty Ltd.

The construction company will work with this team to develop the design of the new hospital to meet the highest quality standards of modern healthcare, before building the new world class hospital from the ground up.

Western Health clinicians and nurses will provide vital insights throughout the design process to ensure the new hospital delivers the best possible care for patients.

Preliminary work for the new hospital will be carried out over the next year, with main construction works to commence in late 2016.

The Labor Government has invested an extra $2.1 billion in Victoria’s health system to ensure Victorians can get the care they need when they need it.

As part of the $200 million Hospital Beds Rescue Fund, Western Health has received funding to expand its critical care capacity at Footscray and Sunshine Hospitals by four new critical care beds which will treat an additional 484 patients each year.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“We are delivering on our election commitment to build a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Melbourne’s west, one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.”

“This project is an example of our strong investment in our health system so that Victorians can get the care they need when they need it.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“The EOI is a key step for this major project, which will ensure mums and their newborns in Melbourne’s west get the best care, in the one location and closer to home.”

“There is nothing more precious than welcoming a baby into the world, and I’m absolutely delighted that mums in the West will be able to have their babies born in the West.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson

“It’s fantastic that families in Melbourne’s west will receive first-class care in this new purpose-built Western Women’s & Children’s Hospital.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman

“I know how important it is for the community of St Albans to have access to this state-of-the-art facility at their doorstep.”

“I’m proud that we are keeping our election promise and delivering not only these vital services, but providing job opportunities to the people of the West.”

Media Contact: Lisa Tucker 0421 597 669 | lisa.tucker@minstaff.vic.gov.au

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