Hospitals 21 August 2023

New Footscray Hospital reaches maximum height

The massive new Footscray Hospital has reached its maximum height, following the structural completion of the main hospital tower.

With the first three buildings in the new hospital precinct ‘topped out’ earlier this year, this major milestone marks the structural completion of all five buildings on the site. The hospital’s two main clinical buildings are the latest to reach the milestone.

Main hospital tower

The main hospital building along Geelong Road includes the 10-storey high inpatient unit tower and features:

  • the emergency department entrance
  • operating theatres
  • the medical imaging and pathology house
  • more than 500 beds (including mental health).

Sub-acute building

The sub-acute building on Ballarat Road will include:

  • the ambulatory care precinct
  • clinics such as allied health and clinical trials
  • the wellness hub with a rooftop café.

The design of these buildings has been carefully considered to create a welcoming and healing atmosphere for patients, families and staff.

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TEXT ON SCREEN: Your new Footscray Hospital is structurally complete and has now reached its maximum height. Works will now focus on façade and internal fit-out. On track to open in 2025.

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Social procurement

Since construction started, more than $6.5 million has been spent through Aboriginal, disability and social enterprises to create employment opportunities. 245,000 hours of work has been completed by First Nations Peoples, people with disabilities and disadvantaged Victorians.

More than $48 million is expected to be invested in social procurement initiatives over the lifecycle of the project.

Construction activity

To date, the project has seen more than:

  • two million hours of work carried out
  • 150,000 tonnes of concrete poured
  • 125,000 hours of work completed by apprentices, trainees, or cadets.

Your new Footscray Hospital

The new Footscray Hospital will be operated by Western Health. It will provide more than 500 beds. This means treating almost 15,000 more patients and allowing almost 20,000 extra people to be seen by the emergency department each year. There will also be more outpatient, mental health, palliative care and surgical services.

Learn more about the new Footscray Hospital.

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