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Phillip Island Community Hospital
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Phillip Island Community Hospital

Location 56-58 Church Street, Cowes, Victoria, 3922, Australia

The Victorian Government is investing $675 million to build 10 community hospitals in growth areas like Phillip Island.

Phillip Island Community Hospital will be a small public hospital providing outpatient care, community-based health and social care services.

Once complete, the new community hospital will help take pressure off nearby major hospitals, including Wonthaggi Hospital. It will also enable more people to manage their health needs closer to home with links to specialists, community health providers and social support services.

Managed by Bass Coast Health, the Phillip Island Community Hospital will be an expansion of the current Phillip Island Health Hub.

What's new

Site secured for the new Phillip Island Community Hospital

The site at 50-56 Church Street, Cowes - currently home to the Philip Island Health Hub - has been purchased for the new community hospital. The development will expand the current facility to better support the health and wellbeing needs of the local community.

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 Phillip Island Community Hospital will be managed by Bass Coast Health and expand services currently provided by the Phillip Island Health Hub. It will offer :

  • urgent care services
  • dialysis
  • day chemotherapy
  • day surgery
  • general medical and specialist appointments
  • women’s health
  • social support services
  • paediatric care
  • diagnostic services, including pathology and imaging
  • public dental services
  • chronic disease management
  • mental health services
  • alcohol and other drug support services
  • Family safety and crisis support services
  • allied health and rehabilitation services
  • pharmacy services.

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.

The Phillip Island 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 Phillip Island community consultative committee is chaired by Jordan Crugnale MP, Member for Bass.

Contact the Phillip Island Community Hospital community consultative committee chair via email: Jordan.Crugnale@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 new Phillip Island Community Hospital be located?

The Phillip Island Community Hospital will will expand those currently provided at the Phillip Island Health Hub. The Phillip Island Health Hub will expand into a new facility at 56/58 Church Street Cowes to become the Phillip Island Community Hospital.

What services will the Phillip Island Community Hospital provide?

The Phillip Island Community Hospital will expand the services that Phillip Island Health Hub currently provide. It will offer a range of public services including:

  • urgent care services
  • dialysis
  • day chemotherapy
  • day surgery
  • general medical and specialist appointments
  • women’s health
  • social support services
  • paediatric care
  • diagnostic services, including pathology and imaging
  • public dental services
  • chronic disease management
  • mental health services
  • alcohol and other drug support services
  • Family safety and crisis support services
  • allied health and rehabilitation services
  • pharmacy services.

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 Phillip Island Community Hospital?

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

Which health service provider will manage the Phillip Island Community Hospital?

Bass Coast Health will manage the Phillip Island Community Hospital. Bass Coast Health is a major provider of maternity, sub-acute and specialist services in the Bass Coast Shire in South Gippsland. More information on Bass Coast Health can be found on their website.

How can I have my say on the Phillip Island Community Hospital?

The community consultative committee provides a forum for community members to have their say on the planning and development of the Phillip Island Community Hospital.

Contact the Phillip Island Community Hospital community consultative committee chair via email at:Jordan.Crugnale@parliament.vic.gov.au.

Further information

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

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    Cowes, Victoria, 3922, Australia

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Last updated: 31 March 2021