A new community hospital for Whittlesea is a step closer, with local families contributing to the services it will provide.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos recently announced Member for Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green will chair the Whittlesea community consultation committee, which will give the community a say over the future of the hospital.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $675 million to build or upgrade 10 new community hospitals close to major growth areas in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury, Torquay, the City of Whittlesea, the Eltham area, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend.

Community Consultation Committees are being established so carers, patients, families and volunteers can work with health service providers to ensure each hospital meets the particular needs of locals.

Northern Health will manage the hospital in the City of Whittlesea which will offer services including general practice, pathology and imaging, family and early childhood, family safety, community mental health and alcohol and drug assessment.

It will improve access to specialist services like day surgery, chemotherapy, community-based palliative care, chronic disease management and public dental. Construction is expected to start in 2022 and finish by 2024.

The new hospital will be built at a location to be determined in partnership with local service providers, connecting a range of health and human services under one roof.

The Whittlesea Community Consultation Committee will include approximately 15 representatives from the local community as well as key organisations such as local councils and health services providers.

The EOI process to sit on the Committee is now open. Submissions close 23 April, 2019.

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 Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“When a loved one gets sick, people want to know that the very best care is nearby. A Whittlesea community hospital will improve access to the care our local growing community needs.”

“I look forward to working with passionate locals interested in being part of the Whittlesea Community Hospital advisory group.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos

“We’re delivering billions of dollars in funding to ensure our hospitals can treat more patients than ever in the world-class new facilities that doctors and nurses need.”

“These hospitals will reduce unnecessary travel and wait times at larger hospitals, while helping people get the care they need in their own community.”