New Box Hill Hospital Construction Begins

New Box Hill Hospital Construction Begins

Victoria Minister for Health David Davis

Construction Commences For New Box Hill Hospital

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Health David Davis announced today that construction of the $447.5 Million Box Hill Hospital redevelopment has begun.

“The Victorian Coalition Government has committed an extra $40 Million in the 2011-12 Budget, delivering on an election commitment and bringing total funding for this project to $447.5 Million.” Mr. Davis said.

“This extra funding will mean the number of beds at the new Box Hill Hospital will be 100 more than previously planned by the former State Government.”

“This project will deliver a modern, world-class hospital to meet growing demand for people living in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, now and into the future.” Mr. Davis said.

The funding will support patients admitted through the emergency department and help to improve waiting times for elective surgery at Box Hill Hospital.

“The extra beds will enable Box Hill Hospital to treat more patients, and the redevelopment will deliver expanded theatres, diagnostic services, outpatient clinics and staff facilities.” Mr. Davis said.

Mr. Davis announced that Baulderstone Pty Ltd would build the new state-of-the-art Box Hill Hospital.

“Baulderstone is one of Australia’s largest building and engineering companies, with an excellent track record in successfully delivering Victorian health projects, including the Royal Women’s, Austin and Mercy hospitals and the Surgery Centre at the Alfred.”

“The building contractors are highly experienced in managing the special and sensitive demands of hospital construction close to an operating hospital.” Mr. Davis said.

The redevelopment includes a larger emergency department with up to 20 beds for short stay patients, 11 new operating theatres and a new 18-bed intensive care unit.

“The hospital will feature a dedicated precinct for women’s and children’s services, expanded services for cardiology, cancer and renal patients and the replacement of old, deteriorating wards.” Mr. Davis said.

“There will also be some refurbishment of the existing buildings including several wards, the outpatients department, ambulatory services, consulting rooms and staff offices.”

“Two floors of parking will be constructed under the new building to provide 200 much-needed additional car spaces and secure bicycle storage.” Mr. Davis said.

Construction of the new hospital is expected to be completed in 2015.