The privately funded project commenced construction in 2015 and has delivered a new three-story wing, two brand new integrated operating theatres, a large theatre recovery, new sterilising department, and refurbishment of all existing bedrooms, front entrance, Atrium and the Day Procedure Unit, as well as a free car park with flat and easy access into the Hospital.
The new wing on Lily St has increased overnight bed capacity by 44 beds across all disciplines – Surgical, Medical, Rehabilitation, Maternity and Critical Care, with room for future expansion on the ground level. The work was undertaken in many stages so that full Hospital services were maintained.
The expansion is beneficial for Bendigo and the surrounding communities, as St John of God Bendigo Hospital can provide first class health care and surgery without having to travel 150km.
Extensive User Group input assisted architects, Clarke Hopkins Clarke to design a hospital that meets the needs of patients, caregivers and visitors. Design features include private patient bedrooms, thoughtful wayfinding and access, and a host of environmentally sustainable considerations.
The Builder, Kane Constructions, used many local trades for the project.
Access to the Hospital has improved substantially with a free 172-space car park in Lily St.
Black Spot funding has also provided a new roundabout at the Lily/Chum/Barnard intersection, which has improved vehicle and pedestrian traffic safety.