The Victorian Government has announced an additional $75 million in this year’s State Budget to secure a site and progress capital planning for a new Melton Hospital.
The additional funding marks an important next step for the project, enabling further planning works, including preliminary designs and early works to achieve a ‘shovel-ready’ project for 2022.
The new Melton Hospital will be developed in stages over time, with the ability to expand the hospital’s capacity to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population in the future.
The Victorian Government has already committed to delivering the first stage of the project with $2.4 million to develop a business case by the end of this year. This includes determining the proposed location, size and range of services the new Melton Hospital will provide.
Planning considerations will also include how the new Melton Hospital will link into services at other public hospitals in the western region, including Sunshine Hospital and the new Footscray Hospital.
The Melton Hospital project will be delivered in partnership with Western Health, who will operate the new cutting-edge acute medical facility and already provides world-class care to more than 900,000 people across health services in Melbourne’s west.
Community survey report
The community survey report, Future Healthcare in Melton, was released today. It shows overwhelming support for a new hospital in Melton and provides key insights on the services that matter most to the community.
Almost all respondents said that ‘emergency treatment’ was the most important service (95%), followed by ‘access to specialist doctors’ (82%) then ‘access to elective surgery’ (76%).
Although discussions are ongoing about the best location for the new Melton Hospital, community members indicated they wanted a site ‘close to public transport’.
More than 2,000 people have already had their say via a recent community survey on Engage Victoria. Their feedback will also help shape the current business case to ensure the new hospital meets the community's needs now and in the future.