Bass Coast Health (BCH) was thrilled to receive news yesterday (Thursday) that the Victorian Labor Party would fund the second and third stages of the Wonthaggi Hospital Expansion (WHE) should they be re-elected at this year’s State Election.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was at Wonthaggi Hospital to announce that a re-elected Andrews Labor Government would deliver the second and third stages of works, costed at between $250 to $290 million. Mr Andrews was joined by Victorian Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas and Bass MLA Jordan Crugnale.
Stages two and three will entail two new 32-bed wards. One will be a medical ward and the second will be a sub-acute ward. These will be built in a new building adjacent to the new WHE and will be a three-four storey building with an outpatient and day therapy area (including a new dialysis centre) on the bottom and first floors. This will likely be built out the front of the existing medical ward and a new carpark built at the rear of the site. All of this is in the current master plan but the plan will need to be revised by BCH and Victorian Health Building Authority in the months after the election.
The stages will also involve a new Women’s Health Centre including a new labour and delivery complex with birthing suites that will enable more complex births to be performed at the hospital. There are also plans underway for BCH to expand the footprint of maternity in the interim so that we can increase our maternity service capacity in the short term.
Stages two and three will also complete the radiology precinct started in the first stage of the WHE, refurbish allied health treatment spaces, administration buildings and training areas, and create extra car parking for staff, patients and visitors.
BCH CEO Jan Child was so excited to hear the news of funding for stages two and three, delivered in the foyer of stage one of the WHE.
“This is amazing news for the community of Bass Coast and South Gippsland as it will enable more people to receive treatment closer to home, which has been the aim of our health service growing to become a fully-fledged sub-regional health service,” she said.
“Our region’s population is growing and ageing, and there will continue to be greater demand for a broader range of health services in the future.
“This funding announcement is recognition of our community’s needs.”
BCH will continue to build its great team and the addition of stages two and three will make BCH an even more attractive employer for healthcare staff.
“This is a fantastic result for our community. We need to continue to grow our services so that people can continue to get their care closer to home. We’re proud to be working with our community to be able to advocate for world class facilities,” Ms Child said.