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Shot in the arm for Melbourne’s southeast as Frankston Hospital redevelopment begins
by Mornington Peninsula Magazine
Frankston Hospital redevelopment

An artist’s impression of the Frankston Hospital redevelopment seen from Beauty Park.

A ceremonial sod-turning on Sunday, June 26, marked the start of construction of the $1.1 billion Frankston Hospital redevelopment. The State Government says it is the largest-ever health infrastructure investment in Melbourne’s southeast. Main works are due for completion in late 2025.

The project includes:
• A 12-storey clinical services tower and main entrance;
• 130 beds, rooms for mental health and oncology services, 15 operating theatres and a medical imaging department;
• Expanded women’s and children’s services, including new maternity, obstetrics and pediatric wards; a women’s clinic; and special care nursery;
• Multi-storey carpark, a helipad and outdoor areas;
• A community centre and childcare centre to be built after the tower is completed; and,
• Improved transport links including bus stops, traffic lights on Hastings Rd and a pedestrian crossing on Yuille St.

Premier Dan Andrews, new Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas, MPs Paul Edbrooke and Sonya Kilkenny, and Peninsula Health CEO Felicity Topp were among officials turning the first sod. Mr Edbrooke said the redevelopment would enable the hospital to treat 35,000 more patients each year. “Fifteen new (operating) theatres will mean more surgeries and shorter wait times for the local community.”

The Victorian Health Building Authority released artist’s drawings showing the design’s “earthy tones and layered materials, inspired by the distinctive coastline of the Mornington Peninsula”. The project will be built and managed by Exemplar Health consortium, which comprises sponsor and investor Capella Capital, investor Aware Super, builder Lendlease, and facilities and maintenance managers Honeywell and Compass Group Australia.

Frankston will remain a public hospital, with Peninsula Health continuing to provide all clinical healthcare services. The government said the project would “support up to 1700 jobs from construction and new opportunities for healthcare workers”.

C4GF chief executive Ginevra Hosking said the redevelopment was a fitting way to mark the 80th anniversary of what started as a small country hospital that had been supported by the community and generations of volunteers. “The hospital now serves a catchment of 400,000 people, equivalent to Canberra,” Ms Hosking said.

“The committee congratulates the Victorian government and its agencies, Peninsula Health, MPs Paul Edbrooke and Sonya Kilkenny, and Exemplar Health for their determination to keep the project on track during pandemic restrictions. The expanded hospital will enable Peninsula Health and Monash University to train the next generation of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, and create greater prosperity for our region.”

Ms Hosking said C4GF hoped many of Frankston and Carrum Downs’ innovative businesses would be involved in the construction and ongoing running of the hospital.

Find more information here, including a computer-animated fly-through and artist’s drawings.
Mike Hast is a freelance journalist and former editor of Mornington Peninsula newspapers.

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