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Torquay Community Hospital

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 services including chronic disease management, chemotherapy, social support, specialist appointments and women’s health.

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.

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Site secured for Torquay Community Hospital

A parcel of land at 110 South Beach Road, Torquay has been secured for the new multi-million-dollar facility.

Located on the corner of Surf Coast Highway and South Beach Road, the future Torquay Community Hospital will be situated near several complementary community services. These include local council offices, schools and childcare facilities.

Designs for the Torquay Community Hospital are expected to be released in late 2022. Construction is due for completion in 2024.

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, 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 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
  • pharmacy services
  • social support services
  • diagnostics, including pathology and 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 input and are committed to keeping the local community up-to-date as the Community Hospitals Program progresses.

Community input and feedback received 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.

You can also sign-up to our community hospitals program email database to keep updated as the project progresses.

The Torquay 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 Torquay community consultative committee is chaired by Darren Cheeseman MP, Member for South Barwon.

Contact the Torquay Community Hospital community consultative committee chair via email: Darren.Cheeseman@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 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 110 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
  • pharmacy services
  • social support services
  • diagnostics, including pathology and 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 is the construction timeline for the Torquay Community Hospital?

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

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.

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

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

Contact the Torquay Community Hospital community consultative committee chair via email: Darren.Cheeseman@parliament.vic.gov.au.

Further information

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

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

  • Barwon Health as managing health service
  • HDR project architect.

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Last updated: 22 February 2022