Victoria Minister for Health David Davis
A Bigger And Better Hospital For Box Hill
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Coalition’s $447.5 Million redevelopment of Box Hill Hospital will deliver the highest quality acute services for Melbourne’s east with an extra floor to be built.
Minister for Health David Davis said the redevelopment was on time and on budget, and thanks to substantial savings, will now feature a ninth floor for the same price.
“This mean that all the 200 additional beds planned for Box Hill will be housed under the one roof, delivering more efficient and higher quality services to patients.” Mr. Davis said.
“The new 16-bed paediatric ward will now have additional patient and parent accommodation, with play spaces for younger children and activity areas for older children and adolescents.”
“A new and technologically enhanced sleep laboratory next to the paediatric ward will provide diagnosis and treatment for a variety of sleep disorders.”
“Under the old plan, two adult wards and paediatric ward would have remained in the old Hospital.”
“The Coalition’s election promise added a $40 million boost to the Box Hill Hospital than was promised under the previous Labor government.”
Mr. Davis said the additional floor was made possible thanks to the government’s investment strategy for the project which has led to cost savings.
“The Box Hill Hospital redevelopment is one of the first projects to be delivered by the Government’s ‘value for money’ approach to major project construction.” Mr. Davis said.
“By working closely with the contractor, this major project has been able to reap the benefits of our investment strategy that harnesses the talents of the private sector and strong competition in the construction market.”
“Savings achieved through a partnering approach, supported by the design and construction teams, has meant that an additional floor can now be built.”
The Box Hill project includes:
- An increase of more than 200 beds;
- A larger and more efficient emergency department supported by 20 short stay beds;
- A dedicated women’s health precinct linked to children’s services;
- An integrated surgical department with eleven new operating theatres, and a surgical admissions area with 20 day surgical beds;
- A new 18 bed intensive care unit with a direct lift connection from the Emergency Department;
- Specialist cardiology facilities including expanded diagnostics;
- Inpatient and day beds for cancer and renal patients;
- Two floors of public underground parking with about 200 car spaces, as well as bike storage and showers for staff.
Mr. Davis said the project was expected to generate about 1,300 construction jobs, of which 250 would be new jobs.