Australian Government to fund Bacchus Marsh Hospital upgrade

The Australian Government will invest on the expansion and refurbishment of maternity and surgical services at Bacchus Marsh Hospital’s Djerriwarrh Health Services to improve patient care, access and safety.

The $10.6m investment is a part of a $200m fund, which will be used to refurbish rural and regional hospitals to promote improved access of the resident to better quality healthcare and facilities.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said: “We are working to bolster the ongoing sustainability of Djerriwarrh Health Services so the community can feel confident knowing they can access safe, quality care and birthing services, close to home.”

Djerriwarrh Health Services will use receive $9m to expand its operation theatres, which will involve the construction of two extra operating theatres for surgeries, refurbishing the existing theatre by incorporating latest technology and equipment.

The project will also see the creation of new recovery areas, ancillary areas and patient and staff change rooms.

Bacchus Marsh Hospital will receive $1.6m fund, which will be used to renovate and expand the maternity unit by adding 11 to 15 post-delivery beds and creating a new three-bay nursery to improve access, care and comfort for mothers and babies post birth.

State Labor Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard said: “We are investing in the future of Bacchus Marsh hospital with a modern revamp of its operating theatres and maternity services, giving patients and staff the modern and safe facilities they deserve.”