The Victorian Government is investing $541.6 million to redevelop and expand the Ballarat Base Hospital.

The redevelopment will deliver a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, state-of-the-art theatre suite and an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds.

A new and expanded critical care floor will bring together operating theatres, procedure rooms, the intensive care unit, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms – delivering capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries every year.

Once completed, the upgraded hospital will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients.

The redevelopment will be completed over multiple stages. Construction of the final stage is expected to be completed in 2027.

What we’ve heard

We held a survey in December 2020 seeking input from the community on the healthcare services and community benefits that are important to them.

We're listening to the things that matter to the community, such as quality of services, car parking and making it easier to find your way around the hospital.

You can read a summary of the results on our website or access it in the Document Library.

Community consultative committee

A community consultative committee, chaired by former Premier Hon. Steve Bracks, was formed in March this year, and has participated in facilitated workshops to explore ideas and priorities relating to key areas of the redevelopment.

Led by the project architect, Lyons, committee members shared their personal experiences navigating the current hospital and raised a number of challenges and opportunities across topics including parking, access, design and environment.

The committee has recently been focusing their attention on helping to shape family spaces in the redevelopment, including the main entry, waiting rooms, outdoor areas and spaces for families within our hospital wards.

Have your say on indoor and outdoor spaces

Now, we want to hear from the wider community on some of the key family spaces that matter to you.

Have your say below and help us shape this significant investment for Ballarat and the surrounding communities, so we can deliver a redeveloped hospital that truly reflects the community it serves.

Your feedback will be shared with the project architect, with the opportunity for input to be reflected in the design of the redevelopment.

You can find more information on the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment on our website. If you have any questions or you need additional support to participate, please contact bbhrproject@health.vic.gov.au.

Thank you for your contribution. This survey has now closed.

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IMAGES: Panoramic aerial view of Ballarat from Lake Wendouree. The Ballarat Base Hospital site is outlined.

Text on screen: We’re building a bigger and better hospital for Ballarat and surrounding communities

IMAGES: Zoom in to hospital site, with artist impression of the redevelopment

Text on screen: The Victorian Government has provided $541.6 million for a significant redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital

IMAGES: Various generic images of an emergency department, pharmacy and inpatient bed

Text on screen: The redevelopment will deliver new emergency department, new women and children’s hub, new theatre suite, more inpatient and short-stay beds, new and expanded critical care floor, new pharmacy, pathology and centre for education and training, new central energy plant

IMAGES: Artist impression of the finished frontage of the redevelopment

Text on screen: With more capacity and new facilities, this means better care for Ballarat and surrounding communities

IMAGES: Panoramic artist impression of the redevelopment taken from an aerial view

Text on screen: The redevelopment is due for completion in 2027

A screen displays ‘In partnership with Ballarat Health Services (logo)

A sliding transition screen then displays the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority logo, the web address vhhsba.vic.gov.au and the Victoria State Government logo.

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Privacy collection notice

Participation in this survey is voluntary. The Department of Health (the department) is committed to protecting your privacy. The department collects and handles the information you provide in this survey to inform the design of the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment. The survey does not ask you to provide any personally identifying information and you are asked not to include such information in your answers. In order to design the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment, we may share aggregated survey responses and anonymised comments with external parties such as governing health service providers, community health services, local council, other key stakeholders and external consultants. For more information on the department’s privacy collection practices, please refer to the department’s privacy policy. You may contact the department’s Information Sharing and Privacy team by emailing privacy@health.vic.gov.au.

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