St Vincent’s Health Australia has officially opened its new hospital – St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee (SVPHW) – a development that will dramatically enhance healthcare services in Melbourne’s south-west.
With data revealing the City of Wyndham (Werribee) is now bigger than Greater Geelong – and growing by more than 12,000 people each year – St Vincent’s Werribee is designed and built to meet the pressing health needs of Melbourne's outer west and south-western suburbs.
St Vincent’s Werribee will provide health services for more than 16,000 patients annually, becoming one of the regions busiest and biggest acute care private hospitals.
The hospital, which opened its doors to patients in January, has four theatres and 61 beds, including a Special Care Nursery. The hospital has already employed 80 new staff and expects to employ 350 staff over the coming year.
SVPHW is also the only hospital in Melbourne's south-west with a Cardiac Catheter Laboratory – used for the treatment and diagnosis of coronary artery disease and other structural heart diseases – providing critical care to cardiac patients without them needing to travel more than 30 km to the city.
“St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee is a development more than a decade in the planning. It’s a major piece of health infrastructure in Melbourne’s burgeoning south-west. We very much look forward to St Vincent’s Werribee becoming an integral part of the health landscape of the local community,” said Toby Hall, St Vincent’s Health Australia’s Chief Executive Officer.
The hospital was officially opened and blessed on Friday 16 February by Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Reverend Denis Hart, at a ceremony also attended by Mr Tim Pallas MP, State Member for Werribee and Treasurer of Victoria, representing the Premier Daniel Andrews and the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Jill Hennessy.
The hospital will provide services for Heart & Vascular Care; Ear, Nose and Throat; Gynaecology; Maternity; Orthopaedics; Neurosurgery; Oncology & Haematology; Paediatrics; Rehabilitation; General Surgery & Endoscopy; Urology; Plastics; and Sleep Studies.