BACCHUS MARSH & MELTON REGIONAL HOSPITAL OPENS NEWLY REFURBISHED $1.6M MATERNITY UNIT
Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, today officially opened an extensive $1.6m renovation of the entire maternity unit at Bacchus Marsh & Melton Regional Hospital.
The refurbishment project - part of a $10.6 million capital investment program in Djerriwarrh Health Services announced by Minister for Health Jill Hennessy in late 2016 - has boosted the number of post-delivery beds in the maternity unit from 11 to 15, and expanded the health service’s capabilities to cater for up to 1,200 births per annum.
The redevelopment project also included the upgrading of existing nurse workstations and delivery suites, as well as the addition of a three-bay nursery to the maternity department.
Dr John Ballard, Administrator, Djerriwarrh Health Services said the completion of the refurbishment project is another important milestone in the transformation of Djerriwarrh Health Services, as it continues to adapt to better meet the needs of its rapidly growing and diversifying communities.
“The upgrade of the maternity unit at Bacchus Marsh & Melton Regional Hospital is another vote of confidence in Djerriwarrh Health Services and its future,” Dr Ballard said.
“The new maternity unit will equip the Hospital and its staff to better meet and deliver outstanding levels of care for all patients, residents and clients.”
Recently appointed Chief Executive Officer at Djerriwarrh Health Services, Belinda Scott, said the refurbishment of the maternity unit is a significant boost for the Health Service, and the wider communities of Bacchus Marsh, Melton and Caroline Springs.
“I warmly welcome today’s official opening of the revamped maternity unit at Bacchus Marsh & Melton Regional Hospital. As a recent addition to the Djerriwarrh team, it’s energising to step into this rejuvenated building, which sets up the health service for the long term,” Ms Scott said.
“This capital investment by the State Government - combined with the support and a generous donation from the Ladies Auxiliary - will allow us to substantially upgrade and expand our level of patient care at the Hospital.
“The refurbishment of the maternity unit - along with the $9 million theatre redevelopment currently underway - is vital for the Health Service, and our ever-expanding local communities.”