Work is progressing on the Latrobe Regional Hospital expansion, with the Andrews Labor Government’s $217 million project on track to be completed in late 2023.
When complete, the expansion will deliver a new emergency department resuscitation bay, three operating suites, six intensive care unit beds, 14 medical and surgical beds, 44 inpatient beds, a medical imaging and pathology unit and a central sterile services department.
Maternity services are also being expanded with the addition of two new birthing suites, six maternity beds, six special care nursery cots and a kids play area.
It is anticipated that the expansion – stage 3A of the overall project that began in 2016 – will ultimately allow for an additional 6,200 elective surgeries per year, contributing to the government’s COVID catch-up plan of 240,000 surgeries annually across Victoria by 2024.
It builds on the $73 million stage 2 expansion of the hospital that was completed in 2017 and delivered 30 new acute inpatient beds, 12 new short-stay beds, a new emergency department and Gippsland’s first cardiac catheterisation laboratory. The new expansion is being delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) in partnership with Latrobe Regional Hospital and Built.
‘This expansion means Latrobe Regional Hospital can meet the needs of a growing community ensuring patients don’t have to travel to Melbourne for complex procedures,’ Minister for Health Martin Foley said.
As part of the expansion process, the local Gippsland community were consulted about what they wanted from the hospital. Community feedback revealed that patients and visitors wanted to see more native greenery and plants as well as patient/family lounges and children’s play equipment. Outdoor seating and benches, and artworks by local Gippsland artists were also popular options.
The VHBA has produced a video animation of the expansion plan that offers a glimpse of the size and scale on the project as well as what the new facilities will look like when completed.