Andrews pledges half a billion to upgrade Monash Medical Centre

One of Melbourne’s largest hospitals would be able to complete an additional 7500 surgeries each year under an election pledge announced by Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday.

The Andrews government would invest between $510 million and $560 million to upgrade the Monash Medical Centre in the city’s south-east and build new operating theatres, an intensive care unit and birthing suites if re-elected on November 26, he said.

Premier Daniel Andrews said designs for the upgrades would be released next year and construction would start in 2025.Credit:Paul Jeffers

The changes – which include an extra 108 in-patient beds – would allow the Clayton hospital to care for an extra 5,500 patients per year who may need to stay overnight following surgery or after giving birth.

Andrews told reporters on Sunday morning that designs for the upgrades would be released next year. Construction is slated to begin in 2025.

“Monash Health services more than a million people… and these upgrades are critically important,” he said.

“We’re delighted to be able to put them forward as part of our comprehensive plan to keep supporting our nurses and midwives, our ambos our doctors and through them, our patients.”

A seven-storey tower would be built on top of the medical service’s recently expanded emergency department in Clayton.

It would house five new operating theatres with 34 beds for pre-operation and post-operation beds, providing the capacity for 7500 additional surgeries per year. A new intensive care ward would house 28 beds for the south-east’s sickest patients.

Monash Medical Centre’s maternity ward would also be refurbished, making space for an additional 2400 births at the health service per year. The redevelopment would add six new birthing suites and up to 64 new maternity beds.