$115m health injection

THE ageing Wonthaggi Hospital will be rebuilt to the tune of $115 million by 2023, creating a modern medical hub that will service the growing population of the South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was at the hospital on Friday to announce funding for the rebuild and expansion would be included in the 2018-19 State Budget, to be delivered today (Tuesday).
The project would include a new operating theatre to allow more surgeries to be performed; refurbishment of the two existing theatres; expansion of the emergency department; and refurbishment of inpatient rooms.
The project would guarantee Wonthaggi Hospital would become a subregional hospital.
“The Bass Coast Shire is set to grow by more than 50 percent over the next 10 to 15 years and that means the emergency department here will become busier and busier,” Mr Andrews said.
The hospital’s emergency department now sees approximately 40 patients per day and that figure grows to more 100 patients per day during peak periods.
Bass Coast Health now has to transfer some patients to Casey Hospital at Berwick and Dandenong Hospital for further care, but the new hospital will be able to treat more patients at Wonthaggi.
Nurse unit manager Cath Jones told the Premier “this improvement will allow us to care for our patients close to home and provide more job opportunity for local healthcare professionals.”
Mr Andrews said, “345 jobs will be created with this re-development, many being local jobs that will boost the economy with money being spent within the community.”
The hospital upgrade is due to start in 2019 and be completed by 2023, giving staff the capacity to treat an extra 26,000 emergency patients per year.

Health win: Bass Coast Health board president Don Paproth (left) watches Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announce $115 million for a new Wonthaggi Hospital on Friday, flanked by Labor candidate for Bass, Jordan Crugnale, at the hospital.

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