While excavation of the $447.5 million Box Hill Hospital redevelopment is well underway, cranes have arrived on-site to begin construction on the new clinical services block.
According to state health minister David Davis, the development is on track to be completed in 2015.
"This new building will add more than 40,000 square metres over 11 floors – eight above ground – and will be linked to the existing hospital via an atrium and several link bridges," he said yesterday (May 30).
"The project will deliver a state-of-the-art hospital with more than 600 beds and additional services to meet growing demand for people living in Melbourne's eastern suburbs."
Whilst the new facilities will have an impact on waiting lists for public patients, Victorians with private health insurance will still enjoy the flexibility of shorter treatment times and being seen by a doctor of their own choice by choosing a private hospital that is close to them.
The redevelopment project includes a larger emergency department, as well as a dedicated women's health precinct and specialist cardiology facilities.