The government’s committed $7.5m to prepare for the long-awaited redevelopment and while another $100m is yet to be secured no government has ever gone to this stage without following through.
CEO John Krygger says the announcement is fantastic news for our region. ‘This funding will enable us to complete all the planning and tender stages to advance to a construction project. The design and documentation associated with a $112m project is extensive and this $7.5m will pave the way to complete the masterplan in its entirety.’
The upgrade will involve the expansion of both the emergency department and operating theatres, and significant upgrading of our short stay unit, and pathology/radiology block. (An artist's sketch of what it will look like when finished is shown here.) The construction of another multi-storey carpark is also planned.
Stage 1 (image 2), worth $115m, was completed in 2011. At the time it was the largest redevelopment of its kind ever undertaken by a Victorian Government. Resulting in the Warrnambool Base becoming one of the most technologically-advanced hospitals in regional Australia, it produced 37 more patient beds, 67 new single-bed rooms, an 8-pod special care nursery, a 10-bed intensive care unit, first-ever negative pressure rooms, the Deakin Medical School, a purpose-built pharmacy, a 60-seat coffee shop, an 80-space underground car park, a purpose-built rehabilitation unit and 6 purpose-built palliative care suites.