Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, today released new designs and artist impressions of the $20 million state-of-the-art expansion of Eastern Health’s Angliss Hospital.

The designs and impressions show how a fourth level will be constructed on top of the main Angliss Hospital building to increase the capacity of the hospital’s critical care services.

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to expand the Angliss Hospital.

The $20 million expansion and reconfiguration at Angliss Hospital will feature a new 14 bed Critical Care Unit and a second eight-bed short stay unit providing care for patients who require a stay of up to 24 hours.

This short stay unit is designed to reduce waiting times in the hospital’s emergency department, so more patients can get the treatment they need, sooner.

The project will also provide a reconfiguration and refurbishment of the paediatric emergency and short stay area making it more appropriate for children and their families, and provide for two dedicated mental health spaces in the emergency department.

The additional paediatric short-stay beds will mean more local children will receive the very best care as the local community continues to grow.

Eastern Health is working with staff and architects to plan for the future of Angliss Hospital and ensure it meets the community’s growing and changing needs.

Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2016 and be completed in 2018.

The Labor Government is putting the health of Victorian families first, investing an extra $1.38 billion in our hospitals, ambulances and health programs in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget.

Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk James Merlino

“The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be expanding the Angliss Hospital so people in the outer east can access the care and treatment they need and deserve, closer to home.”“The increased number of short-stay beds will mean shorter emergency wait times, so more patients can get the treatment and care they need, sooner.”

 “These new state-of-the-art facilities will support our dedicated doctors and nurses here at Angliss to provide the very best care and meet growing demand into the future.”

Quotes attributable to Angliss Hospital Chief of Clinical and Site Operations Ben Kelly

“Providing critical care capacity will reduce the number of patient transfers that occur from Angliss Hospital to Maroondah Hospital and Box Hill Hospital each year.”

“Paediatric facilities were also a top priority when developing the plans, with existing paediatric short-stay beds set to double.”

“With many children attending the hospital each year, the additional paediatric short-stay beds will help meet the community’s needs and assist us to deliver the highest level of care to our youngest patients.”

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