Eastern Health in Box Hill set to help clear backlog of elective surgeries

A private hospital in Melbourne’s east is set to be turned into a public surgery center in a bid to clear up a post-restrictions backlog.

The move will see the private Bellbird Hospital in Blackburn transformed into a public Blackburn Surgical Centre, according to Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews.

“We have a clear plan to help our nurses, doctors and paramedics provide the best care for their patients with greater support for hospitals, more support for our healthcare staff and more home care services,” he said. -he declares.

“The dedicated Blackburn Public Surgical Center will mean more patients get the care they need, close to home.”

The new center will help more than 5,700 Victorians receive surgical care each year once it opens later in 2022.

The center will be operated by Eastern Health and will include four operating theatres, a 10-bed day intervention unit, 48 inpatient beds and will offer a range of services including gynecology and general surgery.

The 95 staff at Bellbird Private Hospital will be offered roles similar to their current positions at the new facility.

The state government announced a similar plan for Frankston Private Hospital, which will become a public health unit in September.

Once fully operational, the two facilities will perform nearly 15,000 surgeries each year.

Originally published as Melbourne’s private hospital set to clear backlog of elective surgeries