Victoria

A bigger, better Ballarat Base Hospital

Ballarat families will get better, safer and faster healthcare in a bigger and brand new Ballarat Base Hospital, thanks to the Victorian Government.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include $461.6 million to completely rebuild and redevelop Ballarat Base Hospital, giving the city’s hardworking doctors and nurses the world-class facilities they need and deserve.

The Government’s investment will completely revamp the Base Hospital, creating a new emergency department, a modernised acute mental health facility, an intensive care unit, a women and children’s hub, an expanded critical care ‘hot floor’ and at least an extra 100 inpatient beds.

Outdated operating theatres will be replaced and fitted out with the latest cutting-edge equipment and technology, while the critical care ‘hot floor’ will bring together operating theatres, procedure rooms, endoscopy suites, consulting rooms, and high dependency care – delivering an additional 4,000 surgeries every year.

As a large regional hospital, the Ballarat Base has experienced significant growth in demand in recent years and this is only expected to increase, with the service’s catchment population set to grow by about 20 per cent over the next decade.

Once complete, the upgraded hospital will have capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients each year.

Ballarat Health Services is one of the region’s largest employers, and this project will grow even more local jobs. The redevelopment will create 1,384 construction jobs, and once the project is complete, up to 1,000 extra ongoing full time equivalent positions. The project is expected to be completed by 2026.

Source: Vic Government