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Werribee Mercy Hospital Upgrade Hopes To Relieve Emergency Department Pressure

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The Werribee Mercy Hospital’s emergency department capacity is set to be doubled, following a $263m funding boost from the Victorian Budget 2022/23.

The Andrews Labor Government has announced a modernisation of Werribee Mercy Hospital that will allow for an additional 25,000 presentations per year.

The $236 million investment will also double the capacity of Casey Hospital in Berwick. It will provide four additional resuscitation spaces at Werribee Mercy Hospital, as well as eight expedited bays, seven consultation rooms, 28 immediate care cubicles, a behavioural assessment room and 16 short-stay beds.

Casey Hospital’s emergency department expansion will include a dedicated paediatric space for children and their families, and support an additional 52,000 presentations annually.

The money was earmarked as part of the recently released Victorian Budget, which committed more than $2.5 billion to health, mental health and aged care infrastructure projects across the state.

The expansions will help ease pressure on the existing emergency departments for the hospital’s dedicated doctors, nurses, orderlies and other hospital staff.

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said by doubling the capacity of the emergency department at Casey and Werribee Mercy hospitals, we’re helping healthcare workers treat more people, save lives and keep people healthy.

While touring the Werribee Mercy Hospital today Foley said these expansions will help reduce pressure on nearby emergency services and make it easier for ambulances to get back on the road.

The Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said a bigger, better emergency department at the Werribee Mercy Hospital will ensure people in Melbourne’s growing outer west have access to world-class facilities when a loved one gets sick or when an emergency strikes

The Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) delivering both projects are on track to begin initial construction next year and be completed in 2026. It’s expected to create and sustain more than 1000 jobs during peak construction and provide an important boost to the local economy.

The City of Wyndham is growing much faster than the rest of Victoria. The community needs the hospital to upgrade and improve its services.

There is a need for more nurses in these areas also however, the upgraded facilities will allow the hospital to better serve its patients to ensure a better patient experience and increase it’s reputation in the community.

With the population growth at its current rate, it’s projected by 2026, the Werribee Mercy Hospitals Emergency Department presentations will have increased by more than 107 percent.

When the Victorian government delivered on its promise to build on Stage 2 of Werribee Mercy Hospital – the Catherine McAuley Building – with an eight-bed Intensive Care Unit and additional surgical capacity, the development was a win for the City of Wyndham.

Werribee Mercy Hospital was established as a public hospital 25 years ago. The City of Wyndham can no longer be mistaken for a country town and the hospital needs to grow to deliver modern healthcare to the west.

Last year the 2021-22  Victorian Budget invested $1.6 billion for health, mental health and aged care infrastructure projects across the state in unprecedented investments in Victoria’s health system – ensuring all Victorians have access to the care, treatment and support they need to stay happy, healthy and well.

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