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Torquay Community Hospital

Location 10 South Beach Road, Torquay, Victoria, 3228, Australia

The Victorian Government is investing $675 million to build ten community hospitals in major growth areas like Torquay.

The Torquay Community Hospital will be a small public hospital providing a range of important everyday health services.

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

The Torquay Community Hospital will be managed by Barwon Health and expand the services currently offered at Torquay Community Health from a new, purpose-built site.

The Community hospitals program aims to achieve the following benefits:

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

Stronger links to specialist care

Community hospitals will also help keep local communities healthy by providing links to other local healthcare 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.

Once complete, the ten community hospitals will have the capacity to treat at least 114,000 more urgent care patients each year. They’ll support 55,000 dialysis treatments and enable more than 100,000 additional allied health sessions each year.

The program will support:

Managed by Barwon Health, the Torquay Community Hospital will be an expansion of services currently offered at the Torquay Health Service and built on a new site. The range of public services may include:

  • general medical and specialist services
  • allied health and rehabilitation services
  • women’s health
  • social support services
  • diagnostics, including imaging
  • chronic disease management
  • mental health services
  • alcohol and other drug support services
  • day chemotherapy
  • family safety and crisis support
  • public dental services.

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

We value community and stakeholder input and are committed to keeping the public informed on the Community hospitals program.

We work closely with key stakeholders across the health sector and local government. We aim to deliver functional and efficient health facilities that are fit-for-purpose, inclusive and that meet community needs.

Our engagement program includes:

  • user groups
  • working groups
  • surveys
  • workshops
  • tailored engagement with identified key groups, including people with lived experience, Traditional Owners groups and culturally diverse communities.

We’ve established community consultative committees (CCC) to ensure the views and aspirations of the community are considered in the planning and design for each community hospital. Committees are made up of a diverse cross-section of community members, local service providers and organisations who provide a local perspective and considered advice on a range of issues relating to the project.

Our engagement reports provide a summary of the community’s feedback and key priorities at each phase of the project.

View our community engagement report on the service planning phase.

The Torquay Community Hospital community consultative committee (CCC) provided a forum for local community members to participate in the planning and development of the project through open dialogue and consultation.

The consultative committee included:

  • 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 Torquay CCC is chaired by Darren Cheeseman MP, Member for South Barwon.

Meeting summaries can be found on the Community Hospitals community consultative committee meeting summaries page.

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 tailored for each community. The health services 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 Torquay Community Hospital be located?

The Torquay Community Hospital will be a new development at 10 South Beach Road, Torquay. The services provided at this new site will replace and expand those currently provided by Barwon Health at the Torquay Community Health Service.

What services will the Torquay Community Hospital provide?

The Torquay Community Hospital will expand the services currently offered at the Torquay Health Service. A range of public services may include:

  • general medical and specialist services
  • allied health and rehabilitation services
  • women’s health
  • social support services
  • diagnostics, including imaging
  • chronic disease management
  • mental health services
  • alcohol and other drug support services
  • day chemotherapy
  • family safety and crisis support
  • public dental services.

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

What health service provider will manage the Torquay Community Hospital?

Barwon Health will manage Torquay Community Hospital. Barwon Health is a major provider of acute, maternity, sub-acute and specialist services in Geelong and south west Victoria. More information on Barwon Health can be found on their website.

This project is being delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with:

  • Barwon Health (managing health service)
  • HDR in partnership with Design Inc (architects).

News

Artist impression: Path to the main entrance of Torquay Community Hospital

28 October 2022

Designs released for Torquay Community Hospital

View the striking exteriors and internal spaces for the new Torquay Community Hospital.
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18 August 2021

Preferred site for new Torquay Community Hospital

A preferred site has been identified for the new multi-million-dollar Torquay Community Hospital.
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07 April 2021

Community Hospital: meeting summaries

Ten community consultative committees have been established to provide a forum for members of each local community to participate in the planning and development of their community hospital....
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08 March 2020

The role of community consultative committees

It’s important that communities have a say in the design and services of the hospitals they will use. That's where consultative committees come in.
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29 December 2019

Expert views help shape community hospitals

‘Health services together under one roof’, ‘improved partnerships’ and ‘community involvement’ – are some of the valuable ideas we’ve heard as we continue our planning work for community hos...
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16 September 2019

Communities help shape community hospital services

More than 110 people came together on Saturday 14 September to share valuable knowledge and experience that will shape the services provided at 10 new community hospitals.
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15 September 2019

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Local communities will now have the chance to shape the care and services delivered by their community hospital.
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08 March 2019

Survey: Have your say on new community hospitals

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Torquay Community Hospital
  • Location
  • 10 South Beach Road, Torquay, Victoria, 3228, Australia

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