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#