Construction of the Andrews Labor Government’s $17.3 million expansion of surgery at Broadmeadows Health Services has begun.
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today joined Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire to mark the start of construction works that will see a major revamp and reconfiguration of the hospital to build a new elective surgery centre.
The centre will double the number of operating theatres, meaning more patients living in Melbourne’s north will get the surgeries they need sooner, closer to home.
It is expected the expanded surgery capacity will enable Northern Health to perform more than 2500 additional procedures at Broadmeadows.
The project will build a new surgery centre within the existing operating theatre facility at Broadmeadows Health Service and will include two new cutting edge and larger operating theatres, taking the total number of full-size theatres on site to four.
Other improvements includes the relocation of the existing endoscopy suite, expansion of the Central Sterile Service Department and storage facilities, a makeover of patient reception and recovery facilities and expansion of the pharmacy, radiology and pathology collection services.
Cockram Construction is building the new surgery centre at Broadmeadows that will include approximately 100 workers on site during construction. It is expected to be completed in mid-2017.
The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provided an extra $2.45 billion for health, so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, upgrade buildings and infrastructure and keep Victorians healthy.
This includes the largest ever one off investment in elective surgery in Australia.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy
“We’re putting people in Broadmeadows first with a new world class elective surgery centre.”
“This will mean more patients in Melbourne’s north will be able to get the surgery they need, sooner.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire
“Melbourne’s north is one of our fastest and largest growing communities and we know we need to invest now to meet the demands of the future – and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”