Australia’s Victorian Government has unveiled plans to expand Werribee Mercy Hospital, which will involve an investment of $85m.
The hospital, which provides surgical and critical care services, is located in Werribee, a suburb of Melbourne.
The expansion will add 64 new inpatient beds, including eight beds for a new critical care unit, as well as six additional operating theatres and support services.
In order to meet increased patient demand, the 2015-2016 Victorian budget added an additional $2.1bn to the health system, including $970m extra for hospitals that will be used over the next four years.
Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews said: "Our budget is providing an extra $2.1bn to health so that Victorian families can get the treatment and care they need and deserve.
"We must ensure our health services can meet the demand of their communities, and this investment at Werribee Mercy Hospital will mean it can care for the growing population of Melbourne’s west."
The government also decided to invest $560m to construct new hospitals, expand and redevelop health and ambulance facilities and to purchase or upgrade equipment.
Approximately $200m will be used to develop the new Western Women’s and Children’s Hospital and $106.3m for an expansion of Casey Hospital in east Melbourne, as well as $20m to construct an intensive care unit and short stay unit at the Angliss Hospital.
In addition, $200m hospital beds rescue fund will be used to add new beds and points of care at health services across the state, including at Box Hill Hospital, Northern Health, Dandenong Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital.