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Wonthaggi new look hospital revealed


BIG PLANS: An artist’s impression of the Wonthaggi Hospital after its planned $115 million makeover.

MATT DUNN

 

A PLANNED $115 million upgrade to the Wonthaggi Hospital is expected to be a boon for the town, with extra jobs in construction and health.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos revealed the plans for the makeover while touring the current facility last Thursday with Bass MLA Jordan Crugnale.

A phalanx of government advisors, hospital officials and media were in tow.   

The minister chatted to bemused, if not happy, patients along the way.

However, one grumpy woman who bustled her way through the throng, complained to Bass Coast CEO Jan Child about the parking (or lack thereof).

She was assured it would be expanded under the plan.

Standing before the cameras, Minister Mikakos said construction on the hospital would start early next year and be completed by 2023.

“This is a big win for local construction jobs as well. The Wonthaggi Hospital is our one hundredth Local Jobs project, which means we will commit to 90 per cent of the project being sourced locally,” she said.

The project is expected to create up to 345 jobs. She said there would be more people employed at the hospital.

The centrepiece of the project will be a bigger and better emergency department to treat thousands more patients when they need world-class care the most.

Once complete, the hospital will have the capacity to treat an extra 26,000 emergency patients each year, paving the way for 18 extra emergency treatment spaces, three new operating theatres, a procedure room and a 32-bed inpatient ward.

Proud hospital chair Don Paproth said the hospital was “growing and growing and growing”.

“It’s just developing its own enthusiasm and its own momentum all the way along. People have now accepted we are a sub-regional hospital on the same level as Bairnsdale, Sale and Warragul,” he said.

“We have to have facilities to provide the services commensurate with a sub-regional hospital.”

He believes the hospital will be “spectacular” once completed.

“This is something for the patients that need it and the entire community. It’s going to inject many of millions of dollars into the community,” he said.

“Together with the high school being built, Wonthaggi is going ahead in leaps and bounds.” 

 

 

 

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