Box Hill Hospital
|Box Hill Hospital|
The new hospital, under construction.
|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Hospital type||Teaching, General|
|Affiliated university||Monash University, La Trobe University, Deakin University|
|Beds||398 inpatient beds|
Box Hill Hospital is a teaching hospital in Melbourne, Victoria. It is one of the seven hospitals that are governed within the Eastern Health network which provides health care services across the Eastern metropolitan area of Victoria.
The idea of a local hospital to serve the Box Hill area first surfaced around 1937, with a 4.5-acre (1.8 ha) site in Nelson Road being acquired from the Rodgerson estate in 1945. Construction started in early 1949 but because of funding issues the hospital did not open until April 1956. Its original name was the Box Hill and District Hospital.
The Box Hill hospital provides the following services:
- Emergency care
- general and specialist medicine
- intensive care
- mental health services for children, adolescents and adults
- maternity services
- post acute care programs
- specialist surgery
The Box Hill Hospital Redevelopment Project
On 9 December 2009, the Victorian government approved $407.5 million in funding for the redevelopment of the Box Hill Hospital. Plans for a new building to be constructed over the car park at the rear of the hospital and the Clive Ward building area are underway, with works expected to be completed in 2014. The total area of the new building will be over 32,000 square meters. The expanded hospital will accommodate 621 beds, an increase of more than 200, making it one of the largest hospitals in Victoria.
The new block will enable the hospital to provide care to around 7,000 additional people each year and will include:
- a larger emergency department
- a dedicated precinct for women's and children's services
- a new intensive care unit
- additional inpatients wards
- six new operating theatres
- critical acute services