Minister highlights hospital upgrades

January 24, 2021

The Minister for Health Martin Foley has been visiting a number of hospitals and health services across Victoria unveiling new facilities and upgrades throughout January.

First Look At Latrobe Regional Hospital Expansion

On 21 January he released the final designs for the next stage of the $217 million expansion of Latrobe Regional Hospital ensuring families in Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley have timely access to world-class medical facilities.

The designs reveal a first look at the hospital’s exterior, grounds and internal fit-outs, which have been carefully considered to create a welcoming atmosphere for patients and families.

The expansion will deliver a new emergency department resuscitation bay, three operating suites, six intensive care unit beds, 44 inpatient beds and a medical imaging and pathology unit.

Maternity services are also being expanded with the addition of two new birthing suites, six maternity beds, six special care nursery cots and a kids play area – ensuring more mums can give birth closer to home.

The expansion will create 600 jobs during the peak of construction and once complete will allow for an additional 6,200 elective surgeries per year.

A $73 million expansion of the Latrobe Regional Hospital (Stage 2) was completed in 2017 and delivered 30 new acute inpatient beds, 12 new short stay beds, a new emergency department and Gippsland’s first cardiac catheterisation laboratory.

Construction will begin in 2021 with the expansion expected to be completed in 2023.

Milestone For Shepparton Hospital Redevelopment

On 18 January the Minister visited Shepparton Hospital to officially open the new inpatient unit – providing 74 new hospital beds and expanded emergency facilities.

The new inpatient unit includes 10 Critical Care Unit beds to treat the sickest patients, 64 inpatient beds and four new operating theatres. The upgrade works have also doubled the capacity of Shepparton Hospital’s emergency department, providing 36 treatment spaces, including nine short stay beds for patients who need care for less than 24 hours.

The new inpatient unit and emergency department expansion are a key part of delivering new and expanded facilities to ensure those living in Shepparton and surrounds can gain faster access to first class care, closer to home.

Last year, the redevelopment also delivered a new single-storey dialysis unit which provides capacity to treat twice as many patients. Local new mums will also have everything they need closer to home with a 12-bed maternity unit, 10-cot special care nursery and a 12-bed paediatric ward, which are expected to be completed in mid-2021.

An additional $2 million from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund has been provided to start planning for the second stage of the Goulburn Valley Health redevelopment at Shepparton Hospital. The redevelopment program is creating more than 140 jobs during peak construction.

Facilities to support our healthcare workers in the area also being upgraded, thanks to the Government’s $9.8 million Worker Wellbeing Package, which is supporting healthcare workers who have been tirelessly looking after the Victorian community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the program, Goulburn Valley Health been awarded more than $545,000 for upgrades to staff facilities including change rooms, kitchen improvements, landscaping and furniture for an outdoor meals area to staff can keep COVIDSafe at Shepparton Hospital.

Photo: GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp, Minister for Health Martin Foley, Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed and GV Health board chair Michael Delahunty outside the inpatient unit.