Ballan hospital redevelopment opens

A state-of-the-art hospital redevelopment has opened at Ballan, improving access to emergency care and X-ray services for the region’s growing population.

Victorian Health Minister David Davis officially opened the new and improved hospital redevelopment, describing it as “a proud moment” for those involved.

The redevelopment has increased the hospital’s capacity from seven beds to 12 and opened it up for the first time to public acute patients.

Ballan District Health and Care chief executive officer Glenn Rowbotham said the redevelopment replaced an old, very dilapidated facility.

He said the new facility was already operational and playing a vital role in the community. “It’s already making a difference,” he said.

The Victorian government provided $2 million to redevelop and expand the Ballan District Health and Care hospital, as part of a partnership agreement with the community in 2010.

The community then rallied together to raise the rest of the funds required to refurbish the facility.

Mr Davis said it provided seven transitional care beds, an improved 24 hour emergency stabilisation centre, a new palliative care centre, new imaging facilities and improved outpatient and visitor facilities.

“Through Ballarat Health Services, we are also funding two public acute care beds in this facility for public patients,” Mr Davis said.

“For a long time now, I’ve been incredibly impressed by the community spirit on display in Ballan and I’m sure this will grow as the community continues to grow.”

Mr Davis said the new facility also strengthened partnerships in the region between Ballan and neighbouring health services, including Ballarat and Hepburn.

rachel.afflick@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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