Sunbury families will soon be able to access health services close to home with the Brumby Labor Government- funded new Sunbury Day Hospital nearing completion.
Touring the site today with Member for Macedon Joanne Duncan, Health Minister Daniel Andrews said major construction works on the $21.4 million day hospital were almost finished, with the hospital to treat its first patients early next year.
“We are taking action to give Victorians a better health system by building new hospitals and hiring more doctors and nurses,” Mr Andrews said.
“That is why we invested $21.4 million to build a new day hospital in Sunbury that will significantly improve access to vital health services in Melbourne’s outer west.”
Mr Andrews said works were almost complete on the renal dialysis room, the operating theatres and recovery area, consulting rooms and office areas and the exterior of the new facility.
“The new day hospital will be commissioned over the rest of the year and state-of-the-art medical equipment will soon be installed,” he said.
“This modern facility will provide the people of Sunbury and surrounding communities better access to a range of medical and surgical services closer to home.”
Member for Macedon Joanne Duncan said Western Health would operate the new hospital on Macedon Street.
“It will provide medical and surgical procedures, including same-day procedures, renal dialysis and chemotherapy, and specialist clinics,” Ms Duncan said.
“An additional boost in the 2009/2010 budget also delivered Stage 2 of the project including two operating theatres with the ability to administer general anaesthesia and recovery services for minor same-day surgical procedures.”
Mr Andrews said the site featured the heritage-listed Ardcloney House, which was built in 1911 and once belonged to a local doctor.
“This historic building was kept and now forms part of the Sunbury Day Hospital,” he said.
About 100 construction jobs were created during the project.
“The Brumby Labor Government’s record investment in hospitals will enable more patients to receive first-class health care, close to where they live,” Mr Andrews said.