The Victorian Government is investing $115 million to Bass Coast Health to expand Wonthaggi Hospital.
When complete, the hospital will have capacity to treat an extra 26,000 emergency patients per year. There will be 13 more treatment spaces within a new emergency department, including an additional nine spaces for peak demand over the holiday period. The expanded hospital will include a new 32-bed inpatient ward, three new operating theatres and procedure room.
The upgrade will also reduce the need to transfer critical patients to other hospitals, saving those all-important minutes and seconds, and ensuring patients can stay closer to their families.
The upgrade will provide opportunities for private investment in the precinct surrounding the hospital, such as in ancillary health services and accommodation.
$115 million to Bass Coast Health to expand Wonthaggi Hospital, to be completed by 2023
The hospital will have capacity to treat an extra 26,000 emergency patients per year
The redevelopment will boost the local economy by creating an extra 345 local jobs.
By 2031, the Bass Coast Shire population is expected to grow by an extra 55 per cent, making the region one of the highest growth areas in regional Victoria.
Wonthaggi Hospital has seen 4,327 ED presentations in the last quarter, up from 3,982 a year earlier – representing a nine per cent increase.
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