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The Victorian Government is investing $541.6 million to redevelop and expand the Ballarat Base Hospital.
The redevelopment will deliver a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, state-of-the-art theatre suite and an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds.
A new and expanded critical care floor will bring together operating theatres, procedure rooms, an expanded intensive care unit, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms – delivering capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries every year.
Once completed, the upgraded hospital will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients per year.
The redevelopment will be completed over multiple stages. Construction of the final stage is expected to be completed in 2027.
The Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment aims to achieve the following benefits:
More patients treated
The redevelopment will provide additional capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients each year. With new models of care and new design guidelines, the redevelopment will be flexible and able to respond to increasing demand expected over the coming years.
A new and expanded critical care floor will bring together operating theatres, procedure rooms, an expanded intensive care unit, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms. This will deliver capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries every year.
A boost in local jobs
The redevelopment will also boost employment in the region, with more than 1,400 construction jobs expected to be created. Once fully operational, up to 1,000 extra positions will be created at the hospital.
A community consultative committee has been established for the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.
The Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment community consultative committee met five times in 2021. The committee was led by former Premier and Ballarat local Steve Bracks, alongside Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle.
The committee provided considered advice on a range of areas and issues including the patient and family experience, the vision for indoor and outdoor family spaces and wayfinding.
Input from the committee and wider community will inform the design of the redevelopment.
The members of the community consultative committee are:
Steve Bracks (Chair)
Juliana Addison, MP for Wendouree (Deputy Chair)
Michaela Settle, MP for Buninyong (Deputy Chair)
Dale Fraser, CEO Ballarat Health Services
Luke Gahan, Ballarat Health Services Community Advisory Committee
Evan King, CEO City of Ballarat
Karen Heap, CEO Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative
Anna Marshall, Project Director, Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment, Victorian Health Building Authority
Why is the Ballarat Base Hospital being redeveloped?
The Ballarat Base Hospital is being redeveloped so it can expand to meet the growing population and health needs of Ballarat and the surrounding areas.
A significant redevelopment and expansion of the hospital is needed to:
ensure clinical services can meet increasing demand from the growing community
provide contemporary facilities for patients, staff and visitors.
To prepare for the future, in May 2018 the Victorian Government announced it will invest $461.6 million to redevelop the Ballarat Base Hospital.
A further $80 million was announced in the 2020-21 Victorian State Budget to build a new central energy plant. This brings the total investment to $541.6 million.
What is included in the redevelopment?
The redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital will deliver:
new central energy plant
new pharmacy and pathology facilities
new Centre for Education and Training
multilevel hospital tower
new emergency department
new women and children’s hub
state-of-the-art theatre suite
an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds
new and expanded critical care floor.
The new and expanded critical care floor will include:
an expanded intensive care unit
When will construction start?
Construction of the central energy plant, which includes a new pharmacy, pathology and centre for education and training will get underway in October 2022.
Construction of the multi-level hospital tower, which will include a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, theatre suite and extra inpatient and short stay beds will commence in 2024.
When will the redevelopment be completed?
The redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital is expected to take several years, as is common with large construction projects of this size.
The construction of the central energy plant is expected to be completed in early 2024. The main hospital works are expected to be completed in 2027.
Will a new acute mental health facility be delivered?
Ballarat Health Services and the Department of Health are reviewing the outcomes from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to identify how mental health services should be delivered into the future.
The recommendations and best practice will be considered in the design of the redevelopment, in particular the new emergency department and women and children’s hub.
The redevelopment also includes allowances for upgrades to the existing acute adult mental health facilities to help meet our immediate needs. We acknowledge the importance of these works and have prioritised them to be delivered over the next 12 months.
Will the redeveloped hospital have enough carparking?
Ballarat Health Services is working with the Victorian Government to deliver additional car spaces in Ballarat’s town centre.
How many jobs will the project create?
The redevelopment is expected to create more than 1,400 construction jobs. Once fully operational, up to 1,000 extra positions will be created at the hospital.
Will residents near the hospital be affected by the redevelopment?
We will work with Ballarat Health Services and the community to minimise disruptions to neighbouring residents and businesses.
We are committed to keeping the community up-to-date as the project progresses. Works will be communicated through the Ballarat Health Services website, this project page, local media and directly to residents where appropriate.
Will hospital services be affected during construction?
Works will be planned and managed to minimise impacts to patients, staff and families at Ballarat Base Hospital.
A number of hospital functions will be relocated to new spaces as part of the redevelopment. Access paths may also change to ensure the safety of staff and patients. These changes will be communicated through the Ballarat Health Services website and directly to staff and patients where appropriate.
Will there be any impact on carparking during construction?
Some stages of the project may impact on traffic flows or carparking availability. These changes will be communicated through the Ballarat Health Services website and directly to staff and patients where appropriate.
What work has been done since the redevelopment was first announced in May 2018?
A major infrastructure project of this size is a complex job that requires considerable planning. Since the initial announcement in May 2018, we have further developed models of care and service planning to ensure the redevelopment will meet the needs of the community for generations to come.
The master plan and feasibility study have been developed to reflect demand for services in the area, and to ensure the delivery minimises impacts to current services and to patients and families visiting the Ballarat Base Hospital.
The VHBA is committed to working closely with the Ballarat and wider community. In 2020-2021 we ran two online surveys through Engage Victoria and five community consultative committee workshops.
During this consultation we asked the community to tell us what healthcare services and community benefits were important to them.
We also called for their input into the design of the redeveloped hospital’s new family and outdoor spaces – from waiting rooms to gardens. The findings are helping to shape the redevelopment, so it reflects the community it serves.