Friday 23 November 2018
Liberals to get Frankston Hospital business case done
Frankston Hospital will receive $10 million to finish off the business case to progress its redevelopment under a Liberal Nationals Government.
Between 2014 and 2016, hospital admissions grew by 15% while the Emergency Department is one of the busiest in Victoria with the highest number of ambulance arrivals at 24,817 during last financial year.
Peninsula Health services a catchment of 300,000 people which grows to 400,000 people during summer. The population serviced by Frankston Hospital has some particular challenges including an ageing population with almost a third of Frankston’s population aged over 60, compared to 19% for greater Melbourne.
This commitment builds on the Liberal Nationals’ history of funding for Frankston Hospital. The Liberal Nationals were responsible for building Stage 3, the $81m upgrade including new emergency department and expanded wards, ICU, special care nursery and short stay beds.
The business case will determine the viability, scope and timing of the upgrade, which is expected to include an additional, 120 beds, 2 operating theatres and further expansion of the emergency department. The 11-story development will contain integrated mental health services and a dedicated child and maternal health area.
In addition to progressing the Hospital redevelopment, the Liberal Nationals will electrify the Frankston train line to Baxter opening up Frankston Hospital to easier access by public transport.