CURRENT Ballarat Health Services’ Base Hospital Yuille House staff will move to the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre’s top two floors early next year.
BHS chief executive officer Andrew Rowe said Yuille House would be demolished as part of a major hospital revamp, including the building of a multi-deck car park and helipad.
Mr Rowe however said the two extra floors were built onto BRICC using a state government $6 million capital grant.
“I can give a categorical assurance that all the money raised for BRICC has been spent in the provision of cancer services,” Mr Rowe said.
“None of that money was allocated to the additional floors.”
Mr Rowe said the two floors would house mainly administrative staff, but would ultimately be used for further cancer services as needed.
“I call it ‘future proofing’,” he said. “We are trying to make sure we have the capacity to grow our services as demand increases. It also allows us to relocate two floors of administrative functions and extend cancer services.”
He said Yuille House, opened in 1954, was no longer appropriate for modern health care.
The new building, to be built next year, will flow into the current Bolte Wing, and will feature reception, admissions, accounts, a cafeteria and front-of-house services on the ground floor.
The first floor will house an expansion of theatre suites and the sterilising unit while the second floor will be a 32-bed acute medical surgical ward.
It will also be constructed to allow for a further three floors as needed.
“By the year 2020, it is estimated, based on population statistics, the growth required in our service will be a further 90 acute beds,” Mr Rowe said.
“We will have to relocate over 30 departments and the site will be going through a period of significant disruption.”
He said BHS was working closely with Ballarat City Council to establish off-site car parking and shuttle bus services for staff.
The hospital’s main entrance will also switch to Sturt Street once the construction works are completed.