Major construction works have started on the $135 million redevelopment of the Casey Hospital in Melbourne’s south east.
The major expansion now includes 128 new multi-day beds, 12 intensive care unit beds, 12 day surgical beds and six new operating theatres.
The emergency department short stay unit will be redeveloped, and a new central sterilising supply department will be added.
It will also feature an upgraded pharmacy, back-of-house areas, 333 extra car parking spaces, and refurbished café and retail areas.
The project is expected to create 92 jobs created during construction, including 21 apprenticeships.
The City of Casey is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, and the third fastest growing in Victoria.
Its population has an average growth of 7,300 per year and is expected to hit 495,000 by 2036.
“This project is not only delivering first class health services to the community, but also creating new jobs and injecting more economic benefits into the local community,” Victorian Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy said.
It will be built with 85 per cent local content and is on track to be completed by late 2019.