Works are underway on a major expansion at Wonthaggi Hospital, as part of a $115 million upgrade project in Victoria.
The expansion aims to deliver 18 additional emergency department treatment spaces, which will allow the hospital to treat an extra 26,000 emergency patients per year.
Construction of three new theatres and a procedure room is also set to double the hospital’s surgery capacity.
In addition, 32 inpatient beds and four short stay beds will be modernised.
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said the investment will deliver a world-class hospital, meaning residents and their families get the very best care, closer to home.
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“We’re ensuring Wonthaggi Hospital has the latest, cutting edge infrastructure that will allow hard-working hospital staff to treat more patients sooner,” Foley said.
This additional capacity is expected to help meet future demand in the Bass Coast Shire, one of the highest growth areas in Victoria, and reduce the need for locals to travel for care.
Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale said every Victorian deserves quality care, close to home.
“We are a growing community with many families choosing the Bass Coast to call home, and many more visiting for holidays – this project is ensuring Wonthaggi Hospital can meet that growing demand,” Crugnale said.
“A bigger, better Wonthaggi Hospital will deliver just that for our local community.”