HELP SHAPE SUNBURY’S NEW COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
A new community hospital for Sunbury is a step closer, with local families contributing to the services it will provide.
Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today announced Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull will chair the Sunbury Community Consultation Committee, which will give the community a say over the future of the hospital.
The Andrews Labor Government is investing $675 million to build or upgrade 10 new community hospitals close to major growth areas in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury, Torquay, the City of Whittlesea, the Eltham area, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend.
Community Consultation Committees are being established so carers, patients, families and volunteers can work with health service providers to ensure each hospital meets the particular needs of locals.
The Sunbury hospital will be an expansion of the Sunbury Day Hospital and will provide a greater range of public urgent care services after hours including diagnostic services such as x-ray, ultrasound and CT scans, pharmacy and pathology.
These additional services will sit alongside the existing day surgery, chemo and dialysis services available on site. Construction is expected to start in 2022 and finish by 2023.
Western Health operates the Sunbury Day Hospital which has been treating patients since February 2011. Development will be done in partnership with local community health services and Western Health.
The Sunbury Community Consultation Committee will include approximately 15 representatives from the local community as well as key organisations such as local councils and health services providers.
The EOI process to sit on the Committee will open in the coming weeks.
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Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull
“When a loved one gets sick, people want to know that the very best care is just around the corner. Community hospitals will improve access to the care locals need, when and where they need it.”
“It’s really important that these hospitals are shaped by the communities they serve, because each area is different. We want to make sure Sunbury locals get a say – this advisory group will do that.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos
“We’re delivering billions of dollars in funding to ensure our hospitals can treat more patients than ever in the world-class new facilities that doctors and nurses need.”
“These hospitals will reduce unnecessary travel and wait times at larger hospitals, while helping people get the care they need in their own community.”