The capacity of the emergency department of Werribee Mercy Hospital is set to double, following an incentive to fund the Victorian Budget 2022/23.
The $ 236 million investment, which will also double capacity at Casey Hospital in Berwick, will provide four additional resuscitation facilities at Werribee Mercy Hospital, as well as eight fast-track baths, seven consulting rooms, 28 direct care cabins, a Behavioral Assessment Room and 16 short stay beds. The expansion will support an additional 25,000 presentations per year at Werribee.
The expansion of Casey Hospital’s emergency department will include a dedicated pediatric space for children and their families, and support an additional 52,000 presentations annually.
The expansions will help reduce the pressure on the existing emergency departments for the hospital’s dedicated doctors, nurses, prescribers and other hospital staff.
Both of these extensions will also help hard-working paramedics get back on the road faster – reducing ambulance response times by providing more space for patients to care.
Provided by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA), both projects are on track to start and complete work early next year in 2026, and are expected to create and maintain more than 1,000 jobs during peak construction – giving a major impetus to the local economy.
Victorian Public Health Minister Martin Foley said: “By doubling the capacity of the emergency department at Casey and Werribee Mercy hospitals, we are helping health care workers treat more people, save lives and keep people healthy.
“These expansions will help ease the pressure from nearby emergency departments and make it easier for ambulances to get back on the road.”
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