Geelong Women’s & Children’s Hospital closer
A flagship new Geelong Women’s and Children’s Hospital promised by the State Government is a step closer, with the announcement of a site.
Victoria's Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today (8 May 2019) announced the hospital - set to give local women world-class maternity and paediatric services closer to home - would be built next door to University Hospital Geelong. This would allow easy access to the Kids Emergency Department being built at the main hospital by the government.
Building the new hospital next to University Hospital Geelong means the site of the old Geelong Private Hospital, Baxter House, could now be turned into a cutting-edge Elective Surgery Centre, ensuring a state-of-the-art precinct for Geelong patients.
Last year the State Government invested $10 million towards identifying options for a Geelong Women’s and Children’s Hospital. It subseqently committed $100 million to get construction up and running.
The federal Labor Opposition recently committed that, if elected to government, it would invest $50 million towards the project, and would commit a further $40 million to the Elective Surgery Centre.
The planning process had identified the new hospital woud be better placed next door to the University Hospital Geelong – making sure mums and babies don’t have to cross the road to get from one hospital to another.
“We said we’d get the planning right to make sure the Geelong Women’s and Children’s Hospital meets the needs of local families best – and that’s exactly what we’ve done,” Minister Mikakos said.
Source: A state government media release