Construction of stage 2 air link bridge commencing 23 November

Stage 2 of the Bendigo Hospital Project includes the construction of a 65 metre, 2 storey, air link bridge over Arnold Street. This will link the helipad and car park, which is currently under construction, with the new hospital building.

Construction of the bridge will require a full closure of Arnold Street between Barnard and Stewart Streets. The road will close from midnight November 23rd until December 16th to allow for construction of the bridge and installation of the facade. Traffic management will be in place.

The bridge has been constructed off site in six pieces to make installation as fast as possible but it is a delicate operation to put it in place and safety of the public is paramount. A safety zone will be in place around the construction site and this will mean no pedestrian or car access to the stretch of road affected during the closures.

Please see the attached map which outlines the impact to local roads and bus stops.

Lend Lease have worked with the City of Greater Bendigo Council and Vic Roads to develop a plan that keeps the disruption as short as possible.

At the completion of the works the road will reopen as normal.

This is a very exciting step in the project and it will be a welcome boost to our regional health services to have a working helipad connected to the hospital for patients who require airlifting.

Exemplar Health and Bendigo Health apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works and the resulting road closures and thank you for your patience. If you have any question or need to speak to someone about this please call 1300 624 246.


Tranquil garden at Bendigo Hospital opens

On 6 March 2017, Bendigo Health Chair, Bob Cameron, officially opened the wonderful new tranquil garden space in front of the new hospital more than a year ahead of schedule.

The garden was one of the components of Stage 2 of the project which is not due to be delivered until mid-2018.

Bob Cameron said that Exemplar Health decided to open the garden early because they saw the value in providing a lovely landscaped place for patients and staff.

Equipped with a number of benches, the garden space is the future home of feature artworks commissioned by Exemplar Health with the assistance of Bendigo Art Gallery.

The next phase of the garden will be the completion of a walk way between the Anne Caudle building and the new hospital which is integral to the vision of creating one hospital precinct.

Acting CEO, Peter Faulkner, said the new garden opened up the area in front of the hospital and allowed visitors to understand the vision of the precinct between the new and old buildings.

“The next phase will see us open a garden with a disability friendly pathway between our retained buildings, where patients may need to go for allied health services or to use the hydrotherapy pool, and the new hospital. It will also provide easier access for staff,” Mr Faulkner said.

Bob Cameron said Bendigo Health was excited watching the gardens come together.

“There is a big focus now on the commencement of works on the old hospital site. The builders’ hoardings are up and in the coming weeks we will see the demolition of Kurmala and Stanistreet buildings.

“This will pave the way for the construction of a multi-storey car park with a conference centre, retail space and most importantly, a helipad for rapid transfer of critically ill patients,” Mr Cameron said.

Opening of Psychiatric Services at Bendigo Hospital

Psychiatric Services Official Opening
On 2 March 2017, Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards, Bendigo Health Board Chair Bob Cameron and Bendigo Health Psychiatric Executive Director Phil Tune officially opened the Psychiatry Services precinct in the Bendigo Hospital.

The 80-bed facility includes four units – Adult, Older Persons, Extended Care and Parent & Infant.

Raising of the Flags Ceremony

Raising of the Flags Ceremony
On 23 February 2017, marked the completion of an exciting first month in the new Bendigo Hospital.

For the occasion, Bendigo Health Chair Bob Cameron, Exemplar Health CEO Michele Morrison, Bendigo Health Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer Dave Kerr and long serving staff member Helen Hilson, who started at Bendigo Health in April 1969, raised the flags at the new hospital.

The past month has seen us welcome more than 100 babies, had 3,231 patient admissions, almost 4,000 presentations to our Emergency Department, 759 operations and 6,277 appointments in our specialist clinics.

Bendigo Health historic inpatient move complete

move_day_1January 24, 2017: All inpatients have arrived safely at Bendigo Health’s new hospital in Mercy Street. A total of around 170 patients were moved over the course of the day.

Patients are now settling into their rooms and being visited by their families and loved ones. According to Bendigo Health’s Chief Executive John Mulder, the day ran safely and smoothly.

“Patients and staff are thrilled with the new facility. The months of planning paid off; today went smoothly and to plan,” Mr Mulder said.

“I am very grateful to everyone who played a role in the day and extend my thanks to our community who have been such strong supporters of this project from the beginning.

“We are still in the very early stages of this transition and we are all focused on ensuring everything continues to run smoothly during the coming week.

“Tomorrow is another big day as we welcome patients to oncology, clinics and begin elective surgery.”

Old buildings will be decommissioned during the coming weeks and Phase 2 of the project will begin with the demolition of Stanistreet House and the Kurmala building.

Phase 2 includes construction of a multi-storey car park and helipad which will link to the new hospital via a two storey air bridge over Arnold Street. There will also be a conference centre and retail space.

Bendigo Health’s new hospital will commence full service operations in its new home from tomorrow, Wednesday 25 January 2017.

Old Bendigo Hospital Emergency Department Closes


Bendigo Health CEO John Mulder has officially closed the Emergency Department on the current Bendigo Hospital site. From 8am Tuesday 24 January all emergency presentations will be to the new Bendigo Hospital with access to the new Emergency Department via Drought Street.

The clinical move into the new hospital will also commence.

Official handover of the new Bendigo Hospital

Official handover of the new Bendigo Hospital

January 20,2017: Jacinta Allan, member for Bendigo East, and Exemplar Health CEO, Michele Morrison, handed over the new Bendigo Hospital to Bendigo Health Chairman, Bob Cameron, in advance of the planned clinical move on January 24.

The Victorian Government appointed Exemplar Health to design and build the new hospital back in May 2013, commencing construction in the June of that year.

Bendigo Health Chairman, Bob Cameron said he was very impressed with the quality of the building and was excited for the residents of the Loddon Mallee region who will benefit from the world class facility.

“The handover of the building is a wonderful milestone. I know all our staff are excited about the planned clinical move next Tuesday and they are busily packing their offices and preparing for their new workplace,” Mr Cameron said.

Mercy Street reopened

Important message: Traffic and pedestrian access to Mercy Street has reopened, as of Monday May 9, 2016. The improved resurfaced street features newly designed parallel parking bays, aggregate footpaths, improved concrete kerbs, edging and channelling.

Vehicles and pedestrians can now access Mercy Street via Barnard Street, resuming normal access to destinations such as the current hospital kitchen; Monash School of Rural Health; La Trobe Rural Health School and the Good Loaf café plus Bendigo Health’s John Lindell Rehabilitation, Marjorie Phillips and hospice units.

The temporary detour via Arnold Street provided during the closure will no longer be in use, as traffic conditions have resumed to normal. Mercy Street will form the new hospital’s public entrance and we thank you for your cooperation during this part of the Bendigo Hospital Project.

Click here for public access map.

Construction update, April 2016

SLO_0336Work continues to move at a healthy pace at the Bendigo Hospital Project, putting the development on track for a late-January 2017 opening of services at the new hospital.

Quality is at the forefront of all work at the Bendigo Hospital Project, and that’s why it’s vital that ‘quality and sign-off’ inspections continue to assess and test the functionality of the hospital. These site-walks involve key representatives from Exemplar Health, Lendlease, Spotless, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Bendigo Health’s managers and clinical staff – all closely observing the many aspects of the building’s healthcare layout and features. In addition, an independent reviewer is an integral part of the completion process, also undertaking regular inspections at this important stage.

Currently we have an estimated 500 workers on site, and this month we’ve seen a solid focus on completion and the internal fit-out work is really taking shape. These works include the final stages of joinery and fixtures installation, so the myriad of pipes, leads, cabling and trays required for services such as ‘nurse call’, power, lights, data and communications are gradually disappearing from view as the fit-out progresses.

Also nearing completion are areas such as the emergency department, the cancer centre and the intensive care unit plus medical imaging, pathology and outpatient areas. The kitchen, materials supply and loading dock areas are also the scene of much attention, as final cleaning tasks signal the completion of this part of the hospital.

The soft landscaping of the building’s courtyard areas has started with workers laying artificial turf, and installing the irrigation for the future maintenance of plants.

The scaffolding is still in the process of removal within the ‘main street’ part of the new building, which will serve as the new internal entrance fronting onto Mercy Street, and the future location of cafes.

Site hoardings have been removed from the Drought Street frontage, which now allows for work on the new emergency department drop-off area, including stormwater drainage connections and roadworks. With the hoardings removed and temporary fencing installed, the hospital has taken on a new perspective, as the building strikingly emerges from its cloak of construction.

The Bendigo Hospital Project also encompasses historic buildings on campus that have a special place in Bendigo Health’s history. One significant landmark on the site is the Anne Caudle Centre. Bendigo Health’s building and infrastructure team has appointed Kane Constructions to conduct exterior works to this building in the weeks to come, demolishing a non-original extension on the west side of the building. This timeworn uncharacteristic addition will be removed to make way for the construction of an atrium-style stairwell and lift to provide compliant and contemporary disability access, and toilets to meet the needs of people with disabilities. This modernises the Anne Caudle building, while keeping all original features intact. The work starts in early May, and once completed will greatly assist all visitors to the Anne Caudle building, providing easy access to each floor.

Hoardings have been erected on a small section of the Hope Street footpath, to allow for works by Kane Constructions to be carried out on the brick wall. These works will widen an existing entrance, and a temporary crossover and gates will be installed for trucks to access the western side of the site. This vehicle access is a temporary measure, and once works are finished, the entrance will resume its permanent use as a pedestrian-only route.

In early May, Mercy Street will reopen, providing new parallel parking and pedestrian access. The temporary detour via Arnold Street, in place since February, will be closed, once traffic starts to access Mercy Street. Preparations have begun nearby, with plans for temporary parking and pedestrian diversions near the John Lindell Rehabilitation and Marjorie Phillips units in the coming months. This work includes the reconfiguration of the carpark design to allow for an increase in visitor parking bays near the units. Further updates will bring you more details about the ongoing works at the Bendigo Hospital Project.