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.

Community Tours day annouced

Local residents will have the opportunity to see inside the new Bendigo Hospital before it is officially opened to the public.

A Community Tours day will be held on Saturday December 3, allowing around 2800 ticket holders the opportunity to gain a sneak peek into the new facility.

“This incredible project is something our community should be very proud of,” said Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, during a tour of the new hospital with Bendigo Health Board Chair, Bob Cameron.

“This will be a free ticketed event and tours will be about 25 minutes long. Among the areas to be toured on the day will be Emergency, Medical Imaging, Cancer Centre, Intensive Care Unit and Psychiatry.”

Spaces are limited and people are encouraged to get in early to book a scheduled tour time when registrations open on October 24.

For those who miss out on a ticket, Bendigo Health will be releasing videos on the Bendigo Hospital Project website, showcasing each of the scheduled tours that will be staged on the day.

Bendigo Health Board Chair, Bob Cameron, said with around three months remaining before the new Bendigo Hospital opens its doors, the finishing touches are being put on the new facility.

“It is an extremely busy time for the Bendigo Hospital Project and we are grateful that the hospital project’s consortium, Exemplar Health, can accommodate our request to allow community access at this early stage,” Mr Cameron.

“We know that a lot of people are excited about this project and want to see inside the new facility and this is an opportunity for them to do so.”

Registrations will open on the Bendigo Hospital Project website at 9am on Monday 24 October, and will be closed once the allocation is exhausted.

The $630 million Bendigo Hospital Project is Victoria’s largest regional hospital development, delivering world-class healthcare in a tranquil and caring environment for patients, staff, and visitors.

Construction of the new hospital began in 2013, and is scheduled to open in late January 2017.

Birth of new maternity facility

Bendigo Health board chairman, Bob Cameron and Women’s and Children’s Services Senior Manager, Fiona Faulks join Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP to tour the new maternity services facility.

Bendigo Health board chairman, Bob Cameron and Women’s and Children’s Services senior manager, Fiona Faulks join Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP to tour the new maternity services facility in August this year.

August 9, 2016: Expectant mothers and newborn babies will be treated to state-of-the-art maternity services in the new Bendigo Hospital said Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards, as she toured the Bendigo Hospital Project to inspect the new department today.

According to Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards, more than 1300 babies are born at Bendigo Health annually and this figure continues to grow.
“Since 2010, Bendigo Health has seen an almost 15 per cent rise in births and the current facility has reached its capacity.The new maternity unit will have 25 single rooms, all complete with ensuites, compared to 16 in the current facility,” she said.

“Some rooms in the existing facility are shared, which presents challenges for women who are caring for newborn babies – this will not be an issue for families in the new facility,” Ms Edwards explained.

The new hospital will have seven birth suites, compared to the current four. Three birth suites are fitted with baths for use during labor, to assist with pain relief.

Bendigo Health’s Women’s and Children’s Services senior manager, Fiona Faulks said the new features in the maternity services area will be welcomed by staff, patients and families alike. “There is also an overnight stay room where parents who have experienced loss, and are grieving, can spend time with their baby,” she said..

Other advancements include an increase in capacity at the new hospital’s special care nursery, which is designed to care for up to 15 newborns (neonates), compared to a current facility’s capacity of eight.

Bendigo Health board chairman, Bob Cameron said that within the special care nursery there are four rooms offering extra space for parents to stay with their baby or just take a moment to relax while their baby rests.

“Our children’s unit also offers indoor and outdoor play areas for children and adolescents who are being cared for in our hospital.”

The women’s health centre will provide outpatient care for women requiring obstetric or gynaecological care and the waiting area in this space boasts one of the best views across Bendigo.The facility is complete with easily accessible outdoor courtyard areas where mums, dads, friends and family can spend time together outside of the hospital room environment. The new hospital will be open at the end of January 2017.#ends#