The Andrews Labor Government has kicked off a search for a major construction firm to build the $168.5 million redevelopment of Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton.
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today released the Expression of Interest for the project that will deliver a bigger and better, world-class hospital to meet the growing healthcare needs of the region.
The redevelopment will deliver three new operating theatres, two new wards and a larger emergency department so patients can get the care and surgeries they need faster, closer to home.
This will include 64 inpatient beds, 10 intensive care unit beds, seven operating theatres, a 12-bed maternity department, 10 special care nursery cots and a dedicated eight-bed paediatric ward.
The new emergency department will have 36 treatment spaces and a nine-bed short stay unit, doubling the current emergency capacity at the hospital. Meanwhile, dialysis patients will benefit from a new and expanded 16-chair unit.
Construction is expected to start by the end of year and be completed in late 2020. More than 140 jobs will be created during the peak of construction.
The Community Advisory Group will ensure community needs are front and centre of the project.
In 2016/17, Goulburn Valley Health will receive $166.6 million in funding from the Labor Government, which is $9.94 million or 6.3 per cent more than the previous financial year.
On top of this, the hospital will receive an extra $2 million as part of our $500 million plan to hire 450 paramedics and improve hospital response times.
This funding will help move patients more quickly through emergency, increasing capacity and supporting paramedics to get back on the road sooner.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy
“We’re getting on with building a modern, first class hospital for the Shepparton community.”
“More patients in Shepparton and beyond will be able to get the emergency care and surgeries they need quicker and enjoy better health outcomes.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes
“We’re working hand-in-hand with the Shepparton community to design and build a hospital that meets their needs into the future.”
“With a search for a construction firm now underway, we’re on track to have shovels in the ground and works underway by the end of the year.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020