Ballarat hospital to get $461 million revamp
Ballarat in regional Victoria will have its hospital revamped in a $461.6 million upgrade.
Today’s 2018/19 budget will include a complete upgrade of the Ballarat Base Hospital, allowing it to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients each year.
“A brand-new Ballarat Base Hospital will give local families the very best health care, close to home,” Health Minister Jill Hennessy said.
The revamp includes a new emergency department, modern acute mental health facility, intensive care unit, women and children’s hub and at least an extra 100 inpatient beds.
Outdated operating theatres will also be replaced and modernised, with the hospital able to deliver an extra 4000 surgeries a year.
The large regional hospital has experienced significant growth in demand, and the city’s population is set to grow by a fifth over the next 10 years.
The redevelopment is expected to create 1384 construction jobs, and once complete, up to 1000 extra ongoing full-time equivalent positions.
The project is expected to be completed by 2026.