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Sunbury Community Hospital

Location 7 Macedon Street, Sunbury, Victoria, 3429, Australia

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

Sunbury Community Hospital will be a small public hospital offering a range of day hospital, same-day surgical services, specialist and diagnostic services.

The project will help take pressure off nearby major hospitals, including Sunshine and Northern hospitals, 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.

Managed by Western Health, the Sunbury Community Hospital will be an expansion of the current Sunbury Day Hospital.

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.

Managed by Western Health, the Sunbury Community Hospital will be an expansion of the current Sunbury Day Hospital on Macedon Street which has been treating patients since February 2011.

When expansion and upgrade works are complete, the hospital’s capacity will be expanded to provide a greater range of public urgent care services to be delivered on-site after hours, including:

  • additional treatment spaces to support the ten consulting rooms currently on site
  • diagnostic services including additional x-ray, ultrasound rooms and CT scans
  • pharmacy and pathology services
  • a separate reception and waiting area.

These additional services will sit alongside the existing day surgery, chemotherapy and dialysis services available on site.

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 Sunbury 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 Sunbury community consultative committee is chaired by Josh Bull MP, Member for Sunbury.

Contact the Sunbury Community Hospital community consultative committee chair via email: Josh.Bull@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 Sunbury Community Hospital be located?

The new Sunbury Community Hospital will be an expansion of the current Macedon Street site.

What services will the Sunbury Community Hospital provide?

The hospital's capacity will be expanded to provide a greater range of public urgent care services to be delivered on-site after hours, including:

  • additional treatment spaces to support the ten consulting rooms currently on site
  • diagnostic services including additional x-ray, ultrasound rooms and CT scans
  • pharmacy and pathology services
  • a separate reception and waiting area.

These additional services will sit alongside the existing day surgery, chemotherapy and dialysis services available on site.

What are the construction timelines for the Sunbury Community Hospital?

Construction is expected to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2023.

Which health service provider will manage the Sunbury Community Hospital?

Western Health will manage the Sunbury Community Hospital. Western Health is a major provider of maternity, sub-acute and specialist services in the western region of Melbourne. More information on Western Health can be found on their website.

How can I have my say on the Sunbury Community Hospital?

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

Contact the Sunbury Community Hospital community consultative committee chair via email: Josh.Bull@parliament.vic.gov.au.

Further information

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

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Sunbury Community Hopsital
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  • 7 Macedon Street
    Sunbury, Victoria, 3429, Australia

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Last updated: 21 May 2020