Hospitals 07 September 2023

Welcome to VHBA In Brief

Welcome to the latest Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) newsletter, VHBA In Brief.

In this issue, find out about our latest project milestones and explore:

  • women's heart health
  • new heights for the new Footscray Hospital
  • more mental health beds at Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • procurement opportunities.

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Checking in with women's heart health

Did you know cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally?

This Women's Health Week we're highlighting how better awareness and access to treatment can save lives.

Almost every hour, an Australian woman dies of cardiovascular disease. Despite this, too many women are unaware of their risk of heart disease.

We asked Victorian Heart Hospital cardiologist Dr Esther Davis how and when women should get checked.

Learn more about heart checks.

Elderly patient sitting with a staff member wearing scrubs at the Victorian Heart Hospital

One of the first patients of the Victorian Heart Hospital.

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In the spotlight

New heights for new Footscray Hospital

The massive new Footscray Hospital has reached its maximum height. This comes after the structural completion of the main hospital tower.

The main hospital building is on Geelong Road. It includes the 10-storey inpatient unit tower and features:

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

The new Footscray Hospital has reached its maximum height.

IMAGES: a montage of timelapse footage of the new Footscray Hospital being constructed

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.

IMAGES: A white screen appears with the text ‘in partnership with’ and the logos for Western Health and Plenary Health. A sliding transition screen displays the text learn more at vhba.vic.gov.au, along with the Victorian Health Building Authority and Victoria State Government logos.

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First 14 new mental health beds delivered at Royal Melbourne Hospital

The Victorian Government is improving access to mental health services through the Mental Health Beds Expansion Program.

At the Royal Melbourne Hospital, 14 of 22 new acute mental health beds have been delivered. This will help reduce pressure on the busy emergency department.

The new acute mental health beds provide a modern, safe and high-quality setting for people experiencing mental illness to access treatment.

The design creates a safe and welcoming environment. There are single rooms with ensuites, treatment and multi-purpose spaces and lounges.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital project will deliver more than 8,000 extra days of care each year. While more than 488 extra people will have access to mental health services at the hospital.

Also at the hospital, construction has finished on a new emergency department mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub.

The new acute mental health beds provide a modern, safe and high quality setting for people to access treatment.

TEXT ON SCREEN: Construction is complete on 14 new beds at the Royal Melbourne Hospital

IMAGES: view into a new mental health bed unit, followed by a view of a large lounge/tv room area

TEXT ON SCREEN: As part of the Mental Health Beds Expansion Program, 22 new beds will be delivered at the hospital

IMAGES: close up of unit bed, followed by a breakout lounge area

TEXT ON SCREEN: The new area features single rooms with ensuites, treatment and multi-purpose spaces and lounges

IMAGES: lounge area with changing colour shades via a ceiling lighting strip, followed by close up of internal green space.

TEXT ON SCREEN: The new areas have been designed to create a safe and welcoming environment

IMAGES: Door sign reading ‘Sensory Room’, followed by views within the room featuring changing strip lighting, wall projections and a ceiling projection replicating a starry night sky

A final frame displays the Victorian Health Building Authority and Victoria State Government logos plus the url vhba.vic.gov.au

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