State Government announces new children’s hospital
Soon thousands more children in the south-east will have access to specialist care closer to home, with the State Government recently announcing construction of the new Monash Children’s Hospital due to begin in the coming months.
The City of Casey and neighbouring Cardinia Shire have been noted as two of the fastest growing local government areas and home to a third of the state’s children, this indicates that the hospital will be well placed to deal with demand for paediatric care.
The new hospital will deliver an extra 60,000 outpatient treatments per year and its facilities will include:
– 96 paediatric beds
– 12 dedicated children’s cancer day beds
– 20 same day beds
– 10 paediatric intensive care beds
– 30 neonatal intensive care cots
– 28 beds providing special mental health services for children and teens
However, the benefits of this facility will scope beyond healthcare, with the creation of more than 700 jobs during its construction and employment of various healthcare professionals, administrative staff, among other roles once completed.
Construction is set to commence in July this year with completion anticipated for Dec 2016. The children’s hospital will be built alongside the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton.
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