The shortlisting follows a comprehensive Expression of Interest process that attracted interest from some of Australia’s top construction firms.
The new hospital will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership, the same model used to build the new Footscray Hospital which is currently under construction. Melton Hospital will include an emergency department, general medical/surgical inpatient units, ICU, maternity, operating theatres, birthing, a special care nursery, mental health, pharmacy, radiology, at-home services, outpatient care and other services.
Once completed, the new hospital will have capacity to treat 130,000 patients each year and see almost 60,000 patients in the emergency department. It will be designed in a way to allow for future expansion to ensure it can grow with the community.
The project is being delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA), in partnership with Western Health, who will operate the hospital upon completion.
Community feedback will help shape the development of the new hospital, with input from online surveys, information sessions and targeted workshops with key community groups.
A final consortium is expected to be selected next year with design development and construction to begin shortly after.