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28
Oct
2014

Major boost to health services across Geelong

  • Public health services for Geelong’s south west
  • Expanded day of surgery recovery areas and support services at University Hospital Geelong
  • Napthine Government building a healthier Victoria

 

The new Waurn Ponds Community Hospital will be delivered by Epworth HealthCare, providing public health services overseen by Barwon Health, closer to home for the communities of Geelong’s south west, Minister for Health David Davis said today.

“The Coalition Government is delivering the hospital and health facilities this community was denied by Labor over 11 years,” Mr Davis said.

“The Waurn Ponds Community Hospital will complement the expanded health services being delivered to the Geelong community, including the major expansion at University Hospital Geelong.”

Public health services to be available at Waurn Ponds Community Hospital will include same-day surgery, renal dialysis and day chemotherapy.

Mr Davis visited Geelong for the signing of the agreement between Barwon Health, Epworth HealthCare, a not-for-profit health care group, and the Victorian Government to deliver same-day public hospital services at Waurn Ponds.

“This is a historic deal that will ensure that public patients in Geelong’s south west will be able to access timely first class care, closer to home,” Mr Davis said.

“The Napthine Government has driven a hard bargain to get the best value outcome for the community, who will benefit from further enhancements to health services across Geelong and the Barwon region.”

Expanded capacity at University Hospital Geelong includes $25 million for:

  • The provision of a new Helipad at University Hospital Geelong on the rooftop of Baxter Wing. This new helipad will replace the existing ground level helipad and provide much improved air ambulance (helicopter) transfers with direct links for critically ill patients from the new helipad to the emergency department.
  • A significant reconfiguration and expansion of the recovery suite and Day of Surgery Admission (DOSA) area adjoining the current theatre suite to provide for improved patient amenity and workflow allowing more patients to be treated.
  • The expansion and refurbishment of the current Renal Dialysis facilities which will result in improved capacity and activity.

 

Epworth Healthcare is also investing significantly in the region with a new $277 million private hospital under construction in Waurn Ponds due to open in July 2016.

Mr Davis said the hospital will take advantage of the research and co-location opportunities at Waurn Ponds, on or adjacent to the Deakin University creating a health and medical research precinct at the Deakin Campus.

“The Coalition Government is investing more than $4.5 billion in health infrastructure across the state so families can continue to have access to the very best health care,” Mr Davis said. Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos said the Waurn Ponds Community Hospital will provide a much needed boost to health services in Geelong’s southern suburbs to accommodate the growing needs of the Armstrong Creek and the Surf Coast community.

“The Napthine Government is investing more than $200 million in health infrastructure in Geelong to address growing demand in Victoria’s largest regional city,” Mr Katos said.

“The Waurn Ponds community hospital will deliver great benefits to the region.

“Public patients in Geelong’s south and the Bellarine Peninsula will be able to access timely first class care, closer to home,” Mr Katos said.

Liberal candidate for Geelong Paula Kontelj said the Coalition Government was making major investments in health across the Geelong region, including $28 million for Barwon Health-North.

“Barwon Health-North will include an urgent care centre, which will offer patients an alternative place to seek non-urgent care,” Ms Kontelj said.

Mr Davis said the Coalition Government has increased funding to Barwon Health by 31.1 per cent since coming to office, with the health service receiving $420.77 million in funding for 2014/15.

“We are also delivering $151 million to improve ambulance services – the biggest single increase of additional staffing for the ambulance service in our state’s history – with new ambulance branches being built in Geelong, Leopold and Bannockburn and additional MICA services,” Mr Davis said.

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