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Sunbury Community Hospital

The Victorian Government is investing $675 million to build ten community hospitals in major growth areas like Sunbury.

These community hospitals will add real value to the way healthcare is delivered in suburban and regional Victoria, providing more access to in-demand services, closer to home..

The range of services offered at each hospital will be tailored for each community, with a strong focus on ensuring better integration of health and human services under one roof.

Sunbury Community Hospital will be managed by Western Health.

The community hospitals program will deliver the following benefits:

  • enable care to be provided locally, ensuring every family can get the care they need
  • assist in preventing poor health and wellbeing outcomes in communities with vulnerable or at-risk members
  • reduce unnecessary attendance and wait times at larger hospitals.

By coordinating investment with local organisations, the community hospitals program provides an opportunity to create thriving health precincts that will support the health and wellbeing of the local community, and bring greater vitality to growing areas.

What is a community hospital?

Community hospitals are a new type of facility being developed by the Victorian government to provide accessible health services in growing communities. They aim to provide a broad range of ambulatory hospital, community health and social care services within the one place, making it easier for families, patients, carers and clients to receive the services they need closer to their homes.

Community hospitals don’t provide emergency department care such as ongoing management of complex conditions including severe stomach pain, chest pain, trouble breathing or moderate trauma. These patients will continue to access their nearest hospital’s emergency department. Patients with these conditions who present at a community hospital will be stabilised and transferred to the most appropriate emergency department.


Planned services at Sunbury

Western Health operates the Sunbury Day Hospital which has been treating patients since February 2011. This project will be an expansion at this current Macedon Street site.

Currently the Sunbury Day Hospital operates 7am to 5pm Monday through Friday. The hospital's capacity will be expanded to provide a greater range of public urgent care services to be delivered on-site after hours, including:

  • additional treatment and plaster rooms to support the ten consulting rooms currently on site
  • diagnostic services including additional x-ray
  • ultrasound rooms and CT scans
  • pharmacy and pathology lab
  • a separate reception and waiting area.

These additional services will sit alongside the existing day surgery, chemotherapy and dialysis services available on site.

Specific hours and scope of services will be determined with Western Health and other potential delivery partners.

A community consultative committee has been established for the Sunbury Community Hospital. The committee provides a forum for members of the local community to participate in its planning and development through open dialogue and consultation.

The committee includes:

  • foundation members from key organisations such as local councils, health service providers and Aboriginal representation
  • community members selected by an independent expression of interest process and a limited number of invited community members.

The committee selection approach considered a mix of age, gender and other demographic characteristics as well as a cross-section of interests and community perspectives to ensure diverse representation.

The committee is chaired by: Josh Bull MP, Member for Sunbury.

Committee members include:

  • Russell Harrison – Western Health
  • Phillip Ripper – Sunbury Community Health Centre
  • Hector Gaston – Hume City Council
  • Abby Johnson - Sunbury Community Health
  • Yvonne Layton – community member
  • Billie Harris – community member
  • Helen Spencer – community member
  • Melissa Davis – community member
  • Jean Rau – community member
  • Simone Meyer – community member
  • Colin Pocock – community member
  • Steve Gibbs – community member
  • Erin Collard – community member
  • David Sharpe – community member.

Community health services will have the opportunity to partner with community hospitals to deliver care locally.

Please direct project enquiries and feedback to communityhospitals@dhhs.vic.gov.au. To get in touch with the Sunbury community consultative committee, please contact the committee chair at Josh.Bull@parliament.vic.gov.au.

What is a community hospital?

Community hospitals are small public hospitals. They will provide a broad range of services, including day surgery, walk-in healthcare services and social care services, in the one place. This will make it easier for people to receive the services they need, closer to home.

Community hospitals will be governed and operated by major Victorian health services. Community health services will have the opportunity to partner with community hospitals to deliver care locally.
 

Where will the new Sunbury Community Hospital be located?

Western Health operates the Sunbury Day Hospital which has been treating patients since February 2011. The new Sunbury Community Hospital will be an expansion of the current Macedon Street site.
 

What services will the Sunbury Community Hospital provide?

Services will include early intervention, primary and community care, as well as a focus on paediatric care, chronic disease management programs, and day hospital services – all aimed at managing health needs locally. There is a strong focus on ensuring services come together, to connect a range of health and human services under one roof.

The Sunbury Day Hospital currently operates from 7am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. The hospital's capacity will be expanded to provide a greater range of public urgent care services to be delivered on-site after hours, including:

  • additional treatment and plaster rooms to support the ten consulting rooms currently on site
  • diagnostic services including additional x-ray, ultrasound rooms and CT scans
  • pharmacy and pathology lab
  • a separate reception and waiting area.

These additional services will sit alongside the existing day surgery, chemotherapy and dialysis services available on site.

Community health services will have the opportunity to partner with community hospitals to deliver care locally.
 

When will the construction on the new Sunbury Community Hospital begin?

Construction on the Sunbury Community Hospital is expected to begin in 2022.
 

When will construction on the new Sunbury Community Hospital be finished?

Construction on the Sunbury Community Hospital is expected to be completed in 2023.
 

What health service provider will manage the Sunbury Community Hospital?

The Sunbury Community Hospital will be managed by Western Health. Western Health is a major provider of maternity, sub-acute and specialist services in the western region of Melbourne. More information on Western Health can be found on their website.
 

How can I have my say on the planning for the Sunbury Community Hospital?

The range of services that will be provided at the community hospital will be driven by the health and wellbeing needs of the local community. Therefore, it is vital that the community actively participate in the planning process.

We have established a community consultative committee to provide a forum for members of the community to have their say on the planning and development of the Sunbury Community Hospital.

To speak to the Sunbury community consultative committee, please email the Chair, Josh Bull, at Josh.Bull@parliament.vic.gov.au.
 

What is a community consultative committee?

Community consultative committees are a forum for discussion between government, locals and other stakeholders on a particular project. They provide a space where people can share their ideas, feedback and concerns on a project, and where they can be kept up-to-date with how the project is going.
 

Further information

Further information can be found on the Community Hospitals program page.

Please direct project enquiries and feedback to communityhospitals@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

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Last updated: 21 May 2020