ICU Unit Opens At Epping’s Northern Hospital

ICU Unit Opens At Epping’s Northern Hospital

Victoria Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos

New ICU Paves Way For Major Expansion At Northern Hospital

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government’s expansion of the Northern Hospital in Epping has taken a major step forward with the opening of the new Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today joined northern suburbs MP’s to open the cutting-edge ICU, which will care for the most critically ill patients.

“Our hard-working doctors and nurses at Northern Health do an amazing job caring for people who need their help. We’re completing a once-in-a-generation redevelopment so they can do what they do best.” Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos said.

Completion of the $22 Million world-class ICU paves the way for construction on the main works of the $162.7 Million expansion, which will include:

  • 3 new operating theatres,
  • 7-storey tower,
  • 96 new inpatient beds,
  • More treatment rooms.

“More and more families are moving into the northern suburbs. We’re building a bigger and better Northern Hospital so that they get the very best care when something goes wrong.” Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said.

Region is one of the nation’s fastest growing and once the project is complete an extra 10,000 patients will be treated every year, with additional beds and operating theatres.

“Seeing a critically-ill loved one 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.” Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio said.

Funded by the State Government, the major expansion will help keep the booming outer-northern suburbs a great place to live and raise a family.

In the past year, Northern Hospital’s emergency department exceeded 100,000 presentations for the first time.

“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.” Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire said.

New ICU features central monitoring, creating a safer environment and a more efficient workspace for doctors and nurses. Early works have also delivered a new loading dock and other support services.

Project is also a big boost for the local economy, with 66 construction jobs being created for early works and nearly 500 jobs overall. Construction is due to finish in 2021.