Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital To Be Rebuilt

Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital To Be Rebuilt

Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu

Victoria Shadow Minister for Health David Davis

Coalition Builds For The Future With $165 Million Eye And Ear Hospital Rebuild 

Victor P Taffa

A Coalition Government will fund a $165 Million Redevelopment for the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) so it can cater for rapidly increasing future demand.

 Touring the hospital today, Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu said the RVEEH did a great job but Premier John Brumby had left the Hospital with a Cramped Emergency Department and Inadequate Facilities.

“The RVEEH has more than 46,000 Emergency Department Presentations a year and more than 13,000 Hospital Admissions, yet John Brumby has failed to fund this Hospital to meet Future Demand.” Mr. Baillieu said.



“Victoria’s growing and ageing population will place even greater pressure on specialist services provided by the RVEEH to treat an increasing number of Victorians with glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.”

“The Coalition’s plan will build for the future of RVEEH and secure this vital centre of excellence for all Victorians.” Mr. Baillieu said.

While the exact nature of the Redevelopment will be finalised in conjunction with the hospital and other bodies, the Coalition’s $165 Million commitment will rebuild the RVEEH to cater for future demand, with:

• A New Emergency Department;

• Expanded Teaching and Research Facilities;

• Additional Outpatient Capacity;

• An improvement in the RVEEH’s ability to work with other hospitals around Victoria;

• The demolition of the existing central link buildings and the construction of new link buildings connected to the two existing tower buildings;

• A Substantial Increase in Total RVEEH Floor Area;

• The full redevelopment of the RVEEH’s Central Sterile Supplies Department and Pharmacy Services;

• Additional Airconditioning Plant and a Lift Shaft.

“We will fix the Problems and build the future for RVEEH in consultation with the RVEEH, St Vincent’s Hospital, the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and the Royal College of Opthalmologists and the Victorian College of Optometrists.” Mr. Baillieu said.

“There are 1,000 Victorians turning 60 each week in Victoria, which will put huge pressure on Victoria’s health system and on specialist services like the RVEEH in Particular.”

“The RVEEH delivers over half of Victoria’s general eye surgery, 90 % of Special Eye Surgery and almost all of Victoria’s Public Cochlear Implant Surgery.” Mr. Baillieu said.

“The Hospital is also a World-Leading Research Centre which leads Teaching and Training in Eye and Ear Health.”

“With growing demand for services and a need to maintain the RVEEH as a world-class research centre, Victoria cannot afford to let its facilities run down.” Mr. Baillieu said.

Shadow Minister for Health David Davis said the RVEEH’s future needs had been ignored over the last 11 years.

“The National Health and Hospitals Agreement signed by John Brumby between race 5 and race 6 on Cup Day also raised questions about the future of the RVEEH under Labor, with the threat of amalgamation of several state-wide specialist services.” Mr. Davis said.

“John Brumby and Labor can’t be trusted to provide the resources for RVEEH to expand into the future.” Mr. Davis said.

Mr. Davis said the Coalition would also implement the National Framework for Action to promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness to integrate eye Health into Mainstream Health Prevention Strategies.

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VIC Shadow Minister for Health David Davis

VIC Shadow Minister for Health David Davis