The new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital has been officially inaugurated in Melbourne, Australia, and will be open for public from 15 May 2019.

The hospital is located on the eastern side of the Sunshine Hospital site, in between the Radiotherapy Centre and the Community Based Rehabilitation Centre.

The A$200m ($139m) hospital was inaugurated by Victoria Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos and was accompanied by local nurses, doctors, the community and the late Joan Kirner’s husband, Ron Kirner.

Mikakos said: “More families in Melbourne’s west will be able to access the best paediatric and maternity services close to home thanks to the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital proudly built by the Andrews Labor Government.

“Joan Kirner was a tireless advocate for families in Melbourne’s west – and the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital will make sure her legacy lives on in the west for generations to come.”

Featuring western suburbs’ first-ever neonatal intensive care unit, the new hospital will offer inpatient and outpatient services for local women and families in Melbourne’s west.

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The nine-floor Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital includes 20 maternity delivery rooms, 237 beds, 39 special care nursery cots, 64 women’s inpatient beds and 32 children’s inpatient beds.

It also includes four operating theatres and additional outpatient clinics. Additionally, the hospital is forecasted to deliver 7,000 babies each year by 2026.

Furthermore, the hospital will create 150 extra full-time nurses and midwives.

Recently, the government invested A$29.6m ($14.3m) to upgrade of the Sunshine Hospital Emergency Department and an A$1.5bn ($1.4bn) new Footscray Hospital.

State Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman said: “The Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital will mean so much to local families. Thousands of mums will be able to have their baby and get the world-class care they need, right through their journey, closer to home.”