Main works are ready to begin on the $162.7 million Northern Hospital expansion project in Epping, Melbourne after the completion of a $22 million Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The opening of the ICU allows upgrade works to start, which will include a seven-storey tower, 96 new inpatient beds, three new operating theatres and additional treatment rooms.
Early works have also delivered a new loading dock and other support services alongside the ICU, with 66 construction jobs being created during this phase of the project. Around 500 jobs were created from the overall project.
Epping is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions and the project aims to allow the hospital to treat an additional 10,000 patients each year with additional beds and operating theatres.
In the past year, the Northern Hospital emergency department exceeded 100,000 presentations for the first time.
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“This cutting-edge new ICU will make sure the most critically ill patients in the northern suburbs can get the care they need in a more comforting environment, close to their homes and community,” Victorian Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire said.
Victorian Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos said the hardworking doctors and nurses at Northern Health do an amazing job caring for people who need help.
“We’re completing a once-in-a-generation redevelopment so they can do what they do best,” she said.
Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio said seeing critically ill loved ones in intensive care can be confronting and distressing.
“This cutting-edge new ICU will help make that difficult experience just a little bit more comfortable,” D’Ambrosio said.
Northern Health received $481.23 million in funding from the State Government last year. Construction is due to finish in 2021.