Hospitals 29 March 2023

New diagnostic department at Ballarat Base Hospital

Families in Ballarat and the Grampians will have improved access to healthcare services with a new diagnostic department at Ballarat Base Hospital.

The $6.2 million project relocated the department to a more modern facility that’s four times the size.

The new department will help reduce waiting times and make it easier for patients to access the new facility. It will also provide more patient privacy.

The new state-of-the-art facility includes services for:

  • heart monitoring and pacemaker revision
  • brain monitoring
  • respiratory function testing
  • blood pressure monitoring.

Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

The project was funded through the $790 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.

This fund is the largest grant program of its kind in Victorian history. It enables rural and regional health services to invest in modern infrastructure and equipment to continue providing safe and efficient care to local communities.

Learn more about the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.

Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

The relocation and expansion of diagnostic services is a key project in preparing for a new emergency department at the Ballarat Base Hospital.

The $541.6 million expansion of the Ballarat Base Hospital will deliver:

  • a new central energy plant
  • new pharmacy and pathology facilities
  • a new Education and Learning Centre
  • a multilevel hospital tower
  • a new emergency department
  • a women and children’s hub
  • a state-of-the-art theatre suite
  • an extra 100 inpatient and short-stay beds
  • a new and expanded critical care floor.

The bigger Ballarat Base Hospital will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients per year. Construction of the final stage is expected to be completed in 2027.

Learn more about the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.

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Last updated: 29 March 2023