Hospitals 10 January 2022

Delivering new and improved health and aged care facilities for Western Victoria

A bigger and better Ararat Hospital is on track to be delivered by mid-2022, while a new residential aged care facility in Edenhope has officially opened its doors.

Both projects are funded via the $490 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF).

The $8.7 million project to redevelop Ararat Hospital is delivering an expansion to the hospital’s theatre, radiology and pathology services. It will also relocate palliative care services.

The theatre redevelopment will increase the hospital’s surgery capabilities – reducing waiting lists in the region.

The project is also delivering more day procedure and recovery beds, while upgraded sterilisation facilities will ensure doctors and nurses at the Ararat Hospital have the reusable medical equipment they need to get more people off waiting lists and into surgery.

While in Edenhope, the new $6.3 million dementia-friendly unit at Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital is now complete. It features 18-high care residential aged care beds with ensuites, situated around a central courtyard and landscaped gardens.

Located next to the existing low care facility at Edenhope District and Memorial Hospital, the new facility provides a safe, home-like environment that can be changed to meet residents’ needs.

The project also included the refurbishment of the facility’s common areas, kitchen and activity spaces.

About the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

The $490 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is the largest of its kind in Victorian history. This funding enables health services in rural and regional Victoria to continue to provide safe and efficient care to local communities.

Find out more about the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund via our dedicated page.

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