A NEW community hospital for Phillip Island is a step closer, with local families being given the opportunity to contribute to the services it will provide.
Health minister Jenny Mikakos yesterday (Monday, March 4) announced that Bass MP Jordan Crugnale will chair the Phillip Island Community Consultation Committee, which will give the community a say over the future of the hospital.
The Andrews Labor Government is investing $675 million to build or upgrade 10 new community hospitals close to major growth areas in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury, Torquay, the City of Whittlesea, the Eltham area, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend.
Community Consultation Committees are being established so carers, patients, families and volunteers can work with health service providers to ensure each hospital meets the particular needs of locals.
The Phillip Island hospital will offer services including general medical, pathology and imaging, community mental health, and alcohol and drug assessment.
It will improve access to specialist services like day surgery, chemotherapy, women’s health, chronic disease management and public dental.
Work is expected to start in 2022 and to be completed by 2024. The Phillip Island Health Hub will be transformed into the new Phillip Island Community Hospital with an expansion of the services provided by Bass Coast Health.
“When a loved one gets sick, people want to know that the very best care is just around the corner,” said Ms Crugnale.
“Community hospitals will improve access to the care locals need, when and where they need it.
“It’s really important that these hospitals are shaped by the communities they serve, because each area is different. We want to make sure Phillip Island locals get a say – this advisory group will do that.”
It will connect a range of health and human services under one roof.
The Phillip Island Community Consultation Committee will include about 15 representatives from the community as well as key organisations such as councils and health services providers.
The EOI process to sit on the Committee will open in the coming weeks.
For more information visit www.vhhsba.vic.gov.au/health-infrastructure/community-hospitals-program