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City of Whittlesea Community Hospital
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City of Whittlesea Community Hospital

Location 1410 Plenty Road, Mernda, Victoria, 3754, Australia

The Victorian Government is investing $675 million to build 10 community hospitals in major growth areas like the City of Whittlesea.

The City of Whittlesea Community Hospital will be a small public hospital providing a range of services including chronic disease management, chemotherapy, social support, and women’s health.

The project will help take pressure off nearby major hospitals, including Northern Hospital Epping, and enable more people to manage their health needs closer to home. Strong links to specialists, community health providers and social support services will ensure more seamless follow-up treatment and support for those who require complex care.

A new development on a new site, the City of Whittlesea Community Hospital will be managed by Northern Health.

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Preferred location identified

A parcel of land at 1410 Plenty Road, Mernda, has been identified as the preferred location for the future City of Whittlesea Community Hospital.

The preferred location is in the future town centre of Mernda, will have excellent pedestrian access, and is close to the Mernda train station and local road links.

The site will be next to a new retail and dining precinct and a future vibrant community hub. Land for the hospital will be secured through a compulsory acquisition process.

The community hospitals program aims to achieve the following benefits:

Better services close to home

The Victorian Government is investing $675 million to develop 10 community hospitals in major growth areas across Victoria. These facilities will provide more locally available public healthcare options and better access to important ‘everyday’ health services close to home.

Services may include urgent care services, day surgery for minor procedures, public dental, and specialist appointments and will be tailored to each community.

Staying healthy locally

Community hospitals will also help keep local communities healthy by providing links to other local health care providers including GPs, allied health services, specialists, social services and major hospitals if more complex care is required.

Reduce pressure on major hospitals

Community hospitals will also reduce pressure on major public hospitals and emergency departments. This will assist major hospitals to focus on critical care, complex health issues and surgeries, emergencies and trauma while our community hospitals support locals to manage their ‘everyday’ health needs and access community services.

Meeting increased demand

As Victoria’s population grows and healthcare needs change, community hospitals will help meet increasing demand for public health services in major Victorian growth areas.

The program will support new developments in the City of Whittlesea, Eltham area, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend, relocate and expand existing health services on a new site at Cranbourne, Pakenham and Torquay and upgrade or expand existing health services at Craigieburn, Phillip Island, and Sunbury.

The City of Whittlesea Community Hospital will be managed by Northern Health and provide a range of services, including:

  • unplanned urgent care
  • mental health
  • alcohol and other drug support
  • dialysis
  • community-based palliative care, chemotherapy and rehabilitation
  • general practice
  • women’s health
  • maternal, family and early childhood services
  • family safety and crisis support
  • pathology and imaging
  • pharmacy services
  • public dental
  • chronic disease management
  • allied health.

Strong links to specialists, community health providers and social support services will ensure more seamless follow-up treatment and support for those who require complex care.

We value community input and are committed to keeping the local community up to date as the Community Hospitals Program progresses.

Community input and feedback received up to June 2020 has shaped the service design and early service planning phase of the project.

Throughout this initial planning and service design phase, we have:

  • engaged key stakeholders and project partners including the managing health service
  • surveyed the lived experience of Victorians interacting with the public health system
  • established ten community consultative committees
  • produced and distributed over 2,000 pieces of communication
  • received more than 4,500 pieces of feedback

We’ll continue to use the community’s feedback to help inform the next phase of planning.

Sign up to our Community Hospital email database to keep updated as the project progress.

The City of Whittlesea Community Hospital community consultative committee provides a forum for local community members to participate in the planning and development of the project through open dialogue and consultation.

The consultative committee includes:

  • foundation members from key organisations such as local councils
  • health service providers and Aboriginal representation
  • community members selected through an independent expression of interest process.

The City of Whittlesea community consultative committee is chaired by Danielle Green MP, Member for Yan Yean.

Contact the City of Whittlesea Community Hospital community consultative committee chair via email: Danielle.Green@parliament.vic.gov.au.

Please direct project enquiries and feedback to communityhospitals@health.vic.gov.au.

What is a community hospital?

Community hospitals are small public hospitals. With extended hours to provide day and after-hours services, community hospitals will provide a range of ‘everyday’ health services, which may include:

  • urgent care service for common minor injuries and illnesses
  • day medical services such as chemotherapy and renal dialysis
  • day surgery for procedures such as cataract removal, major dental work, gynaecological procedures, colonoscopies and other minor surgical procedures that do not require an overnight stay
  • treatment and support for chronic health issues including mental health, alcohol and other drugs, pain management, diabetes and respiratory problems
  • family services including child and maternal health, family safety and women’s health
  • pathology, pharmacy and diagnostic imaging such as blood tests and x‑rays
  • public dental services.

Community hospitals will be located in major growth areas across Victoria and will provide people with better access to many important ‘everyday’ health services closer to home.

Where will the City of Whittlesea Community Hospital be located?

The City of Whittlesea Community Hospital will be a new development, built on a new site. A preferred site for the City of Whittlesea Community Hospital has been identified at 1410 Plenty Road, Mernda. Land for this important facility is in the process of being purchased.

What services will the City of Whittlesea Community Hospital provide?

The City of Whittlesea Community Hospital will be managed by Northern Health and provide a range of services, including:

  • unplanned urgent care
  • mental health
  • alcohol and other drug support
  • dialysis
  • community-based palliative care, chemotherapy and rehabilitation
  • general practice
  • women’s health
  • maternal, family and early childhood services
  • family safety and crisis support
  • pathology and imaging
  • pharmacy services
  • public dental
  • chronic disease management
  • allied health.

Strong links to specialists, community health providers and social support services will ensure more seamless follow-up treatment and support for those who require complex care.

What are the construction timelines for the City of Whittlesea Community Hospital?

Construction is expected to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2024.

Which health service provider will manage the City of Whittlesea Community Hospital?

Northern Health will manage the City of Whittlesea Community Hospital. Northern Health is a major provider of acute, maternity, sub-acute and specialist services in outer north Melbourne. More information on Northern Health can be found on their website.

How can I have my say on the City of Whittlesea Community Hospital?

The community consultative committee provides a forum for you to have your say on City of Whittlesea Community Hospital’s planning and development.

Contact the City of Whittlesea Community Hospital community consultative committee chair via email: Danielle.Green@parliament.vic.gov.au.

Further information 

Please direct project enquiries and feedback to communityhospitals@health.vic.gov.au. 

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  • Community consultative committee – Code of conduct
    0.11mb | 30 September 2019
  • Community consultative committee – Terms of reference
    0.12mb | 30 September 2019
  • Community engagement summary report 24 February 2020
    0.4mb | 24 February 2020
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City of Whittlesea Community Hospital
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  • 1410 Plenty Road
    Mernda, Victoria, 3754, Australia

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Last updated: 27 August 2021