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New Footscray Hospital
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New Footscray Hospital

Location Corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads, Footscray, Victoria, 3011, Australia

The Victorian Government has provided up to $1.5 billion to deliver a new Footscray Hospital – the largest ever health infrastructure investment in the state.

Located on the corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads, the New Footscray Hospital will support the increasing demand from Melbourne’s booming western suburbs, ensuring families can get the care they need close to home.

Building a bigger and better Footscray Hospital will cut wait times and reduce pressure on nearby hospitals. With an increase of nearly 200 beds, the new hospital will treat approximately 15,000 additional patients and enable around 20,000 additional people to be seen by the emergency department each year.

The New Footscray Hospital is expected to open in 2025.

The New Footscray Hospital will provide:

  • at least 504 inpatient beds (including same-day, multi-day, critical care, sub-acute, drug and alcohol, and mental health services)
  • acute facilities (including an emergency department and mental health and alcohol and other drugs hub)
  • specialist facilities (including cardiovascular/angiographic, operating theatres, procedural and endoscopy spaces and associated recovery spaces)
  • clinical support spaces (including medical imaging, pharmacy, central sterile services department, outpatients, mortuary and pathology)
  • car parking to cater for patients, visitors, staff and other hospital users
  • teaching, training and research spaces.

The New Footscray Hospital project will aim to achieve the following benefits:

More patients treated 

  • approximately 200 more beds than the existing Footscray Hospital 
  • approximately 15,000 more patients treated every year
  • approximately 20,000 more people seen by the emergency department every year.

Local jobs

The project is set to create up to 2,000 jobs during the construction and operating phases of the new hospital.

Reduced wait times 

The project aims to reduce wait times across the emergency department, elective surgery and outpatient clinic services.

Better patient outcomes

The New Footscray Hospital will provide world-class facilities that support and promote Western Health’s innovative practices in improving health outcomes.

With an increase in surgical capacity, the new Footscray Hospital will be Western Health’s main surgical site, providing all surgical sub-specialties.

Central location in the inner west 

The New Footscray Hospital’s central location, close to the heart of Footscray and next door to Victoria University’s Footscray Park campus, aims to position the inner west as a leading health, education and research precinct.

The current Footscray Hospital, located at 160 Gordon Street in Footscray, was built in the 1950s. It is a tertiary teaching hospital with 311 inpatient beds.

The hospital is operated by Western Health and provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services, including:

  • acute medical and surgical care
  • intensive and coronary care
  • sub-acute care
  • related clinical support services
  • mental health services
  • drug and alcohol services. 

Acute adult and adolescent mental health services are provided on site by Mercy Health and Orygen Youth Health respectively.

Melbourne’s west is growing, with the population predicted to grow by 60 per cent in the next 20 years. As the population grows and ages, demand for healthcare services continues to increase.

The New Footscray Hospital will help meet the changing and growing health needs of Melbourne’s west.

We value community input and are committed to keeping the local community up to date as the New Footscray Hospital Project progresses.

Throughout 2018 and 2019, we have held several community engagement activities, which gives local community members the opportunity to meet with the project team and Western Health, to ask questions and raise any concerns. 

Issues such as car parking, the need for green and outdoor spaces and public transport access are key priorities we have heard from the community. These issues are being carefully considered in the development of this important project. Learn more in the New Footscray Hospital Project Consultation report: the next people’s hospital.

Further information sessions will be held as the project progresses. To receive updates from the New Footscray Hospital Project Team, please send your email address to nfhproject@dhhs.vic.gov.au 

A community consultative committee has been established for the new Footscray Hospital. This provides a forum for members of the local community to participate in the project’s development through open dialogue and consultation.

The consultative committee includes:

  • foundation members from key local organisations such as Western Health and Maribyrnong City Council 
  • thirteen community members.

Chaired by Katie Hall MP, Member for Footscray, committee members have been selected across gender, age, interests and background to ensure a diverse representation. The consultative committee will meet on a regular basis for the life of the project.

The members of the consultative committee are:

  • Katie Hall, MP for Footscray (Chair)
  • Russell Harrison, CEO Western Health
  • Tara Frichitthavong, Maribyrnong City Council
  • Tanya Druce, Manager, Aboriginal Health at Western Health 
  • Tina Skliros, Project Director New Footscray Hospital Project, VHHSBA
  • Jo D’Arbry, community member
  • Geoff Dunstan, community member
  • Siew Lan (Janice) Stielow, community member
  • Nick Calafati, community member
  • Rachael Ball, community member
  • Ken Keogh, community member
  • Khang Chiem, community member
  • Elwyn Davies, community member
  • Sara Coward, community member
  • Sarah Roberts, community member
  • Craig Rowley, community member
  • Melissa Urie, community member
  • Edith Pringle, community member.

The Victorian Government is working closely with Western Health to ensure that the best health outcomes are achieved for the community in Melbourne’s west.

The new hospital is being delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP). This involves bringing together a private consortium to design, construct, finance and maintain the new hospital over a period of 25 years.

The shortlisted consortia preparing proposals to design, construct, finance and maintain the new hospital are:

  • Advance West, comprising: Tetris Capital, John Holland, John Holland Services and ISS
  • Exemplar Health, comprising: Capella Capital, Lendlease and Spotless
  • Plenary Health, comprising: Plenary Group, Multiplex, Honeywell and Compass.

The New Footscray Hospital will continue to be a public hospital. The health service providers will continue to be Western Health, supported by Orygen Youth Health and Mercy Health which provide mental health services.

The successful consortium will be determined through a detailed procurement process, which is already underway.

The tender process was temporarily suspended to allow us to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the tender process recommenced, government is on track to appoint a preferred consortium in late 2020. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2021, with the New Footscray Hospital to open its doors in 2025.

Why do we need a new Footscray hospital?

Melbourne’s west is growing rapidly. To prepare for the future, the Victorian Government has provided up to $1.5 billion to deliver the 504-bed Footscray Hospital on the corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads in Footscray. It’s the largest ever health capital investment in this state.
The bigger and better New Footscray Hospital will provide an increase in almost 200 beds (compared to the existing Footscray Hospital). This will support the increasing demand from Melbourne’s booming western suburbs and ensure families can get the care they need closer to home.

When will construction begin?

Construction of the New Footscray Hospital is scheduled to begin in early 2021.

The tender process was temporarily suspended to allow us to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Work on site has continued, to ensure it’s ready for construction next year.

When will the new hospital open?

The New Footscray Hospital is expected to open in 2025.

Where will the new hospital be built?

The New Footscray Hospital will be built on the corner of Ballarat and Geelong Roads.

The site is opposite Victoria University’s Footscray Park campus and close to the heart of Footscray. It’s close to public transport and offers the opportunity to develop the area as a leading health, education and business precinct.

Who is building the new hospital?

Shortlisted consortium preparing proposals to design, construct, finance and maintain the new hospital are:

  • Advance West, comprising: Tetris Capital, John Holland, John Holland Services and ISS
  • Exemplar Health, comprising: Capella Capital, Lendlease and Spotless
  • Plenary Health, comprising: Plenary Group, Multiplex, Honeywell and Compass.

Shortlisted consortia will prepare comprehensive proposals to deliver the new hospital, which will be assessed by the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority.

Following a slight delay to the tender process as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect to appoint a preferred consortium in late 2020.

Will the hospital be a public hospital? Who will operate the new hospital?

The new Footscray Hospital will continue to operate as a public hospital.

The health service providers will continue to be Western Health, complemented by Orygen Youth Health and Mercy Health, who provide mental health services at the current Footscray Hospital.

The site

How was the site selected?

The Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority undertook extensive work to identify and review suitable sites in and around Footscray for a hospital that meets the long-term needs of the community.

Factors in choosing the site included:

  • a range of technical criteria to ensure the New Footscray Hospital would be able to deliver on its core purpose
  • opportunities to collaborate to increase community, economic and social value by co-locating with other services, including education and research
  • community and user priorities established through our engagement activities, including proximity to public transport for patients, families, staff and volunteers
  • the ability of the site to accommodate future demand for services as Melbourne’s west continues to grow.

Why can’t it stay on the existing site?

The current Footscray Hospital was built in the 1950s and needs to be rebuilt to ensure we can continue to deliver high-quality health services to this growing community for many years to come.

Building at a new site means there will be far fewer disruptions to the operations of the current hospital while the new facility is being constructed.
The new location also provides an unprecedented opportunity to create a new health, education and research precinct for Melbourne’s west.

What about the car park currently located on the site? Where will the cars go?

Leading up to construction, the car park will be closed to ensure safety of the community. Unfortunately, this will result in cars no longer being able to park at this location.

Victoria University is working with Maribyrnong City Council to develop alternative car parking solutions from 2020, as well as arrangements for other important services such as childcare.

Building the New Footscray Hospital

What is a PPP?

The new hospital is being delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The PPP model involves bringing together a private consortium to design, construct, finance and maintain the new facility over a period of 25 years.

This model will deliver the best possible outcome for Footscray, driving innovation, best practice and value for money. It will enable Western Health to focus on delivering the best quality of public care to the people of Melbourne’s west.

We have an excellent history of hospital PPP projects here in Victoria, notably:

  • the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • the Royal Women’s Hospital
  • the Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Casey Hospital
  • more recently, the new Bendigo Hospital.

Will residents near the new Footscray Hospital be affected during construction and operations?

The Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority will work with the successful consortium and the community to minimise disruptions to neighbouring residents, businesses and Victoria University staff and students.

Further information will be made available before construction begins in early 2021.

How big will the new hospital be?

The new hospital will provide 504 beds and enable Footscray Hospital to continue to play its role as a large acute and subacute hospital for Melbourne’s west. There will be significant expansions in mental health, inpatient, palliative care and outpatient services.

Specifically, the new facility will provide:

  • at least 504 inpatient beds (including same-day, multi-day, critical care, sub-acute, drug and alcohol, and mental health services)
  • acute facilities (including an emergency department and crisis hub)
  • specialist facilities (including cardiovascular/angiographic, operating theatres, procedural and endoscopy spaces and associated recovery spaces)
  • clinical support spaces (including medical imaging, pharmacy, Central Sterile Services Department, outpatients, mortuary and pathology)
  • adequate car parking to cater for patients, visitors, staff and other hospital users
  • teaching, training and research spaces.

With almost 200 more beds, the new hospital is expected to cut wait times. It’s expected to allow almost 15,000 more patients to be treated each year, as well as almost 20,000 more people to be seen by the emergency department each year.

How many jobs will the project create?

It is estimated that the New Footscray Hospital project will create in excess of 1,000 construction jobs. Once complete, the new hospital will be an exciting hub, with up to 1,000 additional jobs in health and education anticipated to be created.

The existing Footscray Hospital

What will happen to the existing hospital site?

Following relocation to the new site (corner of Ballarat and Geelong Roads), the current Footscray Hospital on Gordon Street will be decommissioned. The future use of the Gordon Street site is unknown at this time.

Relocation of services to the new Footscray Hospital will occur once the new facility is complete (scheduled to occur in 2025). This provides time to bring the community, government and local organisations together to determine the best outcome for Footscray.

What are you doing about the state of the existing hospital while we wait for the new facility?

The government provided funding for works at the existing hospital in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 State Budgets to ensure it can continue to provide safe and high-quality care to patients while we deliver the new hospital.

These works include:

  • upgrades of fire, mechanical and ICT services
  • maintenance and repairs to the façade of the south and north blocks
  • renovations of ward bathrooms
  • replacement of the backup power generators.

Traffic and car parking

What will you do about traffic congestion?

Traffic and areas of congestion is a key element considered in the planning of a new hospital.

We are working closely with the Department of Transport and Maribyrnong City Council to ensure safe and efficient access to the hospital for patients and visitors and with the least disruption to the local community.

Will the new hospital have enough car parking?

Sufficient on-site car parking for parents, staff and other users of the hospital will be provided.

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New Footscray Hospital
  • Location
  • Corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads
    Footscray, Victoria, 3011, Australia
  • Mail
  • (03) 8345 6666

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Last updated: 22 September 2020