The Victorian Government has committed more than $900 million to deliver a new Melton Hospital in Cobblebank, which will transform Melbourne’s booming outer west, giving the community access to better healthcare facilities closer to home.
The fully electric hospital will deliver 24/7 emergency, at least 274 beds, an intensive care unit, maternity and neonatal services, mental health services, radiology services and outpatient care.
Once completed, Melton Hospital will have capacity to treat 130,000 patients each year and see almost 60,000 patients in the emergency department.
Construction is expected to get underway in 2024 and be finished in 2029.
This landmark project for Melbourne’s outer west is being delivered by VHBA in partnership with Western Health which will operate the hospital.
IMAGES: Map of Victoria, with an artist impression of the new Melton Hospital tagged in the Melton area location.
TEXT: New Melton Hospital.
VOICEOVER: As one of the most significant new hospital projects in the state, the new Melton Hospital takes a lot of planning and engagement.
IMAGES: Animation of an ideas board with pinned notes attached.
IMAGES: Animation of a nurse talking to a child and parent in patient ward, followed by animation of desk calendar and architects consulting over designs on a screen.
VOICEOVER: This work will help shape the services, priorities and ‘look and feel’ of your new hospital.
IMAGES: Animation of planners surrounded by multiple circles Voice-over: It’s a complex job, but we’re well on our way.
IMAGES: Animation of health planners clustered around a plan on screen, followed by business case documents and a map of the hospital site.
TEXT: 1. Health Service Plan (2018 – 2019) 2. Business Case (2019 – 2021) 3. Land acquisition (2021)
VOICEOVER: Early planning has seen a health service plan produced, a business case developed and location of the new hospital confirmed.
IMAGES: Animation montage of architects, engineers, health planners, hospital staff and community members.
IMAGES: Animation of a hospital, location tag and montage of hospital services.
VOICEOVER: Input from architects, engineers, health planners, hospital staff and the community has already helped determine the size, location and range of services.
IMAGES: Animation of map of Victoria – a dollar sign drops into a lightbulb, which then illuminates.
TEXT: 4. Project funded (2022).
VOICEOVER: And importantly, the funding needed to deliver a world-class facility has been secured.
IMAGES: Animation of community members writing notes on an ideas board.
TEXT: 5. Community Consultation (September 2022 onwards).
VOICEOVER: Now it’s time for the community to have their say.
IMAGES: Animation of a consultative committee, followed by people at an outdoor event and a survey onscreen.
VOICEOVER: There’ll be multiple ways to contribute, including through the Community Consultative Committee, information sessions and online surveys.
IMAGES: Animation of shapes dropping into a consultation report document.
IMAGES: Animation of people representing different consortia.
VOICEOVER: Feedback and ideas are collated into a consultation report and used in the next important step – the search for a consortium to deliver the new hospital.
IMAGES: Animation of a consortium member presenting ideas to a panel.
TEXT: 6. Expressions of Interest (Early 2023).
VOICEOVER: This competitive process will kick off with an expression of interest, calling for suitable bidders to present their expertise.
IMAGES: Animation of a moving montage representing plans and ideas for the hospital.
TEXT: 7. Request for Proposal (Mid 2023).
VOICEOVER: Shortlisted bidders are then invited to prepare detailed proposals to deliver the new hospital in the most innovative and cost-effective way.
IMAGES: Animation of moving timelines representing the competitive planning of several consortia
IMAGES: Animation of a signed contract.
TEXT: 8. Consortium chosen (2024).
VOICEOVER: After an extensive evaluation process the successful bidder’s contracts are finalised and signed.
IMAGES: Animation of designs being created, and delivered via mail and email and online.
TEXT: 9. Design release (2024).
VOICEOVER: The winning design of the new hospital will be unveiled to the community.
IMAGES: Animation montage of construction activity and ongoing planning activity.
TEXT: 10. Construction starts (2024).
VOICEOVER: Then construction gets underway, while health care staff and other experts work to finalise the design.
IMAGES: Animation of people and hospital staff in the foyer of a hospital.
TEXT: 10. Melton Hospital opens (2029).
VOICEOVER: Once construction is finished and all parts of the hospital commissioned – your new Melton Hospital is fully open!
IMAGES: The closing slide is the Victorian Health Building Authority logo, the web address vhba.vic.gov.au and the Victorian State Government logo.
End of transcript.
Melton is one of the fastest growing communities in Australia. The new Melton Hospital is being built to meet the growing demand for health services in Melbourne’s outer west, driven by population growth, increasing use of hospital services and the high proportion of young families in the area.
The new Melton Hospital will be a public hospital. This much-needed project is being delivered in partnership with Western Health, who will operate the hospital.
The new Melton Hospital will include:
The new hospital will be built at 245-267 Ferris Road, Cobblebank, within the future Cobblebank Metropolitan Activity Centre.
Benefits to this site location include:
It will provide an essential link with services at other public hospitals in the western region – including Sunshine Hospital and the new Footscray Hospital.
The new Melton Hospital will be delivered as a public private partnership (PPP) under the Partnerships Victoria Framework.
Melton Hospital will be a public hospital, with all clinical health services operated and provided by Western Health.
The PPP model involves an extensive and competitive tender process to bring together a private consortium to design, construct, finance and maintain the new facility for up to 25 years.
We have an excellent history of successful hospital PPP projects here in Victoria, notably:
The new Footscray Hospital and Frankston Hospital redevelopment currently both under construction are also being delivered as PPP projects.
As one of the most significant new hospital projects in the State, it takes a lot of planning and meaningful engagement with the local community and a range of stakeholders to help shape the services, priorities and look and feel of a new hospital.
It’s a complex job but we’re well on our way…
It takes a lot of planning and many conversations to work out what the right hospital for your community will look like.
Throughout the process, we engage with service users, people with lived experience, staff, experts and the local community to identify the new hospital’s requirements to ensure we deliver an asset that reflects the community it serves.
Architects, engineers, health planners, hospital staff and community advisory groups all contribute to shaping the design, by considering things like how the patient will move through the hospital.
Opportunities for community input will be provided in multiple ways to ensure everyone can have their say, such as through the community consultative committee, information sessions and online surveys.
Community input will be captured and provided to shortlisted bidders, with the opportunity to be reflected in the design and operation of the new hospital.
We’re committed to keeping you informed and involved in the development of your new Melton Hospital.
Last updated: 17 October 2022
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