Cancer patients are the biggest beneficiaries of the $20 million redevelopment of Melbourne’s Western Private Hospital.
Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy unveiled the three-storey complex, which is home to the western suburbs’ first positron emission tomography (PET) scanner.
A PET scan is an imaging test that reveals how a patient’s tissues and organs are functioning.
This is the first time this technology has been available at any of the local medical facilities and it is hoped cancer patients will no longer have to travel great distances to receive care.
The $20 million project is the biggest redevelopment at the hospital in 20 years and has doubled the number of inpatient beds.
The new complex, which is linked to the original hospital across the road by an enclosed bridge, includes six new intensive care unit beds and 21 cardiac services beds.
Western Private Hospital Chief Executive Vicki Canning said the work was a response to a high demand for services in the west.
“We are in one of the fastest growth areas in Victoria and we are looking to plan our next phase,” Ms Canning told Star Weekly.
“We are looking to build our relationship with Western Health [the public hospital]and try to avoid duplicating services unnecessarily.”
The development has also boosted local employment by doubling the number of nursing staff at Western Private.