Box Hill Hospital celebrates Redevelopment anniversary, welcomes Refurbishment

Monday, October 12, 2015

As Box Hill Hospital celebrates the one year anniversary of its $447.5 million redevelopment, patients are set to receive an extra boost, with the refurbishment of the original hospital building nearing completion.

While patients and their families have been enjoying the state-of-the-art facilities in the new building (Building A), the original hospital building (Building B) has also been undergoing refurbishment.

Features of the Building B refurbishment include:

* Seamless thoroughfare between the two buildings, with a wide, contemporary open space on the ground floor connecting Building A to Building B
* Diagnostic cardiology has settled in to a purpose built space in Building B with a direct link to the Cardiology inpatient unit in Building A
* A new contemporary endoscopy suite has opened in Building B

A refurbishment of the Specialist Clinics space on the ground floor is also underway, with the clinic temporarily relocated to levels two and three while works are completed.

Box Hill Hospital Chief of Clinical and Site Operations Martin Smith said builders were expected to be on site until the end of 2015 as the refurbishment is finalised.

“The complete redevelopment of Box Hill Hospital is providing us with a great opportunity to change the way we do things and improve the care we provide,” he said.

On September 30 last year, about 210 patients were moved from the original hospital building to the new hospital building.

Reflecting on how the hospital had progressed since then, Mr Smith thanked patients and their families for their ongoing support as the hospital continued to grow.

“The Redevelopment certainly involved a lot of hard work, so we are delighted that we have received such positive feedback from our patients and the community,” he said.

Key statistics* since the opening of Building A include:

* 54,648 Emergency Department arrivals (up 15.1 per cent)
* 25,479 Emergency Department presentations admitted to hospital (up 17 per cent)
* 17,920 Ambulance arrivals (up 4.1 per cent)
* 2,358 birth episodes (up 4.2 per cent)

Mr Smith said he was grateful to the hospital’s hard working staff for their outstanding work.

“I can’t thank them enough for their efforts, and for continuing to provide excellent care to the community.”


* Statistics based on period September 30, 2014 to September 15, 2015 compared with September 30, 2013 to September 15, 2014