More Investment In A Bigger, Better Ballarat Base Hospital

first_imgMore Investment In A Bigger, Better Ballarat Base Hospital VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is boosting investment in the redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital, ensuring the region’s families and dedicated hospital staff get the world-class facilities they deserve and need to treat thousands more patients a year.The Victorian Budget 2020/21 includes $178.2 million for the Guaranteeing Energy Supply initiative, that ensures hospitals have capacity and reliable backup energy supply if there was a power failure in the electricity grid.As part of this initiative, Ballarat Base Hospital will receive $80 million to build a new central energy plant which will be integrated with the redevelopment – bringing the Labor Government’s total investment to $541.6 million. Construction will begin next year, creating more than 1,400 construction jobs.The upgraded hospital includes a multi-level tower with a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, state-of-the-art theatre suite and an extra 100 inpatient and short-stay beds.There will also be a new and expanded critical care floor with an intensive care unit, operating theatres, procedure rooms, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms – delivering capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries every year.Once complete, the hospital will have capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients each year.Ballarat Health Services is one of the region’s largest employers and this redevelopment is expected to create up to 1,000 extra positions once fully operational. The project is expected to be completed by 2027.Former Premier and Ballarat local Steve Bracks will Chair a Community Consultative Committee, alongside Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle.The Government is calling on locals from Ballarat and surrounding areas to help shape the redevelopment by joining the Community Consultative Committee or completing an online community survey on Engage Victoria. Committee members will be appointed through an open Expression of Interest which can be found on the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority website: vhhsba.vic.gov.au/ballarat-base-hospital.As stated by Minister for Health Martin Foley“We’re putting regional patients first and upgrading our major regional hospitals across the state so more patients can be treated sooner, closer to home.” As stated by Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison“Ballarat Health Services’ nurses, doctors, allied health, caterers and orderlies do an incredible job caring for the community and this upgrade will give them the modern facilities they need to do what they do best – saving lives.”As stated by Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle“The Ballarat region is growing, and this redevelopment is about meeting that increased demand and making sure the community has access to the services they need, while creating thousands of local jobs.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Ballarat, building, Buninyong, children, community, electricity, Emergency, failure, Government, health services, hospital, Human Services, Investment, Minister, project, Victorialast_img

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