The Government of Victoria in Australia has allocated funds of A$61.3m ($46.8m) in its 2016/17 budget for infrastructure works at Western Health’s Sunshine and Footscray sites.

It is reported that with this funding, an extra 7,000 patients in the West will receive care and treatment at Sunshine Hospital.

Of the total funding, A$44.3m ($33.8m) has been allocated for Sunshine Hospital, which will see an additional 64 new surgical and emergency beds, as part of a plan to use the additional space that will be available once the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital is complete.

It is reported that the expansion will include a 32 bed surgical inpatient ward to increase capacity for elective surgery, 12 surgical short stay (recovery) beds, and an emergency department with an expanded 20 bed short stay unit and an additional 12 Emergency Department cubicles.

The amount will also support important infrastructure upgrades for the Hospital’s back office and administration services.

Works at Sunshine Hospital will begin in 2018 in the space created after patients and services have moved across to the brand new Joan Kirner Women and Children’s Hospital.

Footscray Hospital has also received funding of A$17m ($12.9m) for urgent works to fix key sections of the hospital and to undertake important planning work for the future.

Victoria Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said: "We’re putting the families in Melbourne’s West first, providing much needed funding for extra beds and urgent works across the Sunshine and Footscray sites.

"This will mean 7,000 more patients will get the care and treatment they need, close to home and when they need it."