5 October 2021

Ballarat residents can now help design some of the key family spaces in the $541.6 million redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital.

The Victorian Government is calling on the community to take part in the survey and contribute to some of the indoor and outdoor areas of the redevelopment including waiting rooms and gardens.

The survey allows participants to choose which landscaping style they think would work well in the redeveloped Ballarat Base Hospital, what they would like to see in the main entrance and what would make people feel more comfortable in waiting areas. The survey is open until October 25 and is available here https://engage.vic.gov.au/ballarat-base-hospital-redevelopment 

The redevelopment will deliver a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, state-of-the-art theatre suite and an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds.

A new and expanded critical care floor will bring together operating theatres, procedure rooms, the intensive care unit, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms – delivering capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries every year.

Once completed, the upgraded hospital will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients.

The redevelopment will be completed over multiple stages, with construction of the final stage expected to be completed in 2027.

 

 

1 September 2021

Ballarat-based builder H. Troon has commenced works on the first stage of the $541.6 million redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital. 

The first stage is an early works component of the wider project and will include:

  • Construction of new pods in Ground Level of Gardner Pittard Building to support Reception, Support Services, Mailroom and Prayer Room
  • Refurbishment of  Ground Level (north end) of the Cafeteria Building for the relocation of the Spiritual Centre
  • Refurbishment of Level 1 of the Cafeteria Building to support Dietetics and Clinical Administration
  • Alterations to Level 3 of BRICC Building for Consulting Rooms

Funded by the Victorian Government, the redevelopment will be completed over multiple stages, delivering world-class facilities for our growing community.

The upgraded hospital will provide a new emergency department, state-of-the-art theatre suite and an extra 100 additional inpatient and short stay beds.

A new and expanded critical care floor will also bring together operating theatres, procedure rooms and endoscopy suites – offering the capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries every year.

With the final stage expected to be completed in 2027, the upgraded hospital will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients per year.

Further information can be found on the VHBA website.

Environmentally sustainable development

Addressing environmental design within the Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment is a high priority. Ballarat Health Services, with the Department of Health, recognise the responsibility we have to minimise our impact, provide leadership and set a positive example to our community.

Guidelines for Sustainability in Health Care have been developed by the Department of Health to assist us to embed sustainability into health care capital works.

The guidelines are as follows:

  • Promote the principles and raise awareness of sustainability and wise environmental management
  • Provide leadership to the community and industry by demonstrating methods of delivering sustainable initiatives
  • Work closely with our employees, contractors, suppliers, clients, and the community to develop and implement environmental initiatives
  • Provide environmentally sound places for the delivery of our services
  • Adopt a pollution prevention approach to all our activities
  • Operate in an environmentally sustainable manner by reducing waste through reducing demand for, reusing and recycling energy, water and other material resources
  • Consider environmental aspects in the purchase of products and services, and endeavour to ensure the suppliers also meet high standards of environmental performance
  • Comply with relevant Commonwealth and Victorian environment legislation, Occupational Health & Safety practices, and with the Victorian Government's environmental policies and initiatives
  • Develop a monitoring program to assess our environmental performance and communicate our progress in achieving environmental management targets through annual reports distributed to stakeholders.

The guidelines and project budget ensure we achieve high-quality sustainability outcomes. Within the budget a further 2.5 per cent of construction cost is allocated for implementing sustainability initiatives to a level beyond standard practice, such as increasing the extent of renewable energy, sustainable materials or innovative technology. This allows the project to target initiatives that are tailored to the specific needs of the site, local environmental conditions, patient cohorts and community needs. This is an opportunity to be innovative and showcase to our community that sustainability is achievable.

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