The state-of-the-art hospital provides the Loddon Mallee community with 372 inpatient beds, 72 same-day beds, 11 operating theatres, an integrated cancer centre, a new 25-bed maternity unit, and an 80-bed mental health unit.
Regional Victoria’s largest ever hospital project has taken 10 years of careful planning and construction. Clinical staff spent hundreds of hours providing input into the design, which includes natural lighting and more than 40 courtyards to create a tranquil healing environment, complete with district views.
Other features of the $630 million hospital include an emergency department with a dedicated children’s waiting room and a separate entrance for psychiatric patients providing increased privacy.
As the most digitally enabled hospital in regional Australia, new technology boasts real time location of equipment for staff, patient check-in kiosks, a nurse call system that allows nursing staff to speak to patients from wherever they are, and a sophisticated patient entertainment system with free to air TV and meal ordering.
Stage Two of the Project, which includes a new multi-deck carpark, helipad, short-stay accommodation units, conference facility and further retail outlets, will commence in early 2017 and is due for completion in June 2018.
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