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What is a community hospital?

15 September 2019

Community hospitals are a new type of health facility that are being developed to expand our public hospital network and deliver a range of walk-in hospital, community health and social care services close to home.

They will improve your patient experience by providing more access to in-demand services in one place. So, you will be able to access services such as dental treatments, day chemotherapy, renal dialysis or pharmacy and diagnostic services under one roof.

The Victorian Government has committed $675 million to build ten community hospitals close to major growth areas.

Watch our animated video to find out more about the community hospitals coming to CraigieburnCranbournePakenhamPhillip IslandSunbury, TorquayCity of WhittleseaEltham areaPoint Cook and Fishermans Bend.

Visit our community hospitals program page for more information about the range of services community hospitals could provide, the benefits and how you can share your views.

  

  

Transcript

"The Victorian population is growing, and with more people — people like Wilson... and Emily... and their families — come more healthcare challenges.

That’s why we’re building community hospitals.

Maybe you’re like Wilson and live in a suburb like Craigieburn. Or perhaps you live regionally, like Emily in Torquay. A community hospital will give you more locally-available public healthcare options and reduce the time you spend travelling to major hospitals or specialist appointments.

If you’re like Emily, you might need to transfer to another facility or service, but that’s easy too. Community hospitals will link with major hospitals, specialists and local healthcare providers to connect health and social services.

And we know that different communities, like people, have different healthcare needs, so we’ve formed a consultative committee to make sure you are represented in the health and social services your community hospital offers.

Services like management of chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer, various day procedures, family and early childhood services, alcohol and other drug services, and dental and pharmacy services.

Existing health facilities in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury and Torquay will be upgraded and expanded and new community hospitals will be built in the City of Whittlesea, Eltham, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend.

In total, ten facilities will be built close to major growth areas, changing the way Victorians like Wilson... and Emily... and you... access healthcare.

Find more health and wellbeing services under one roof, close to home, at a community hospital."