The Victorian State Government will invest $10 million to identify options for transforming Geelong Private Hospital on Ryrie Street into a Women’s and Children’s hospital.
The study will look at options to deliver additional maternity and paediatric services for Geelong families, as well as more inpatient beds, delivery rooms, operating theatres and clinics for the growing community.
Premier, Daniel Andrews, said, “We’re planning for the establishment of a world-class women’s and children’s hospital that will give Geelong families the full suite of services they need, closer to home.”
Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, said, “This would be an enormous boost to how we provide the highest levels of health care for women and children in Geelong and surrounds.”
The State Government is also taking action to make sure workers affected by the closure of Geelong Private Hospital will find new roles doing the jobs they want, with 117 jobs to be made available at Barwon Health for nurses, allied health workers, administration staff, and patient services assistants.
The Geelong Private Hospital is closing its doors because it can no longer remain financially sustainable in a crowded market of private hospitals.