Andrews pledges half a billion to modernize Monash Medical Center

One of Melbourne’s biggest hospitals could perform an additional 7,500 surgeries each year under a campaign pledge announced by Prime Minister Daniel Andrews on Sunday.

The Andrews government would invest between $510 million and $560 million to modernize the Monash Medical Center in the city’s southeast and build new operating rooms, an intensive care unit and birthing suites if it were reelected on Nov. 26, he said.

Premier Daniel Andrews said designs for the upgrades would be released next year and construction would begin in 2025.

Premier Daniel Andrews said designs for the upgrades would be released next year and construction would begin in 2025.Recognition:Luis Enrique Ascui

The changes – which include 108 additional inpatient beds – would allow Clayton Hospital to care for an additional 5,500 patients a year who may need to stay overnight after surgery or after childbirth.

Andrews told reporters Sunday morning that draft upgrades would be released next year. The start of construction is scheduled for 2025.

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“Monash Health serves more than a million people… and these upgrades are critical,” he said. “We are pleased to propose them as part of our overall plan to continue to support our nurses and midwives, our ambulances, our doctors and through them, our patients.”

A seven-story tower would be erected on top of the recently expanded Clayton Medical Services Emergency Room.

It would house five new operating theaters with 34 beds for pre- and post-operative care and would provide the capacity for 7500 additional surgeries per year. A new intensive care unit would house 28 beds for the Southeast’s sickest patients.

The Monash Medical Center maternity ward would also be refurbished to accommodate an additional 2,400 healthcare delivery births per year. The redevelopment would add six new birthing suites and up to 64 new birthing beds.

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Joel McCord

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