Northern Health Expansion Project

With the demand for quality healthcare continuing to rise in Melbourne’s fast-growing northern growth corridor, the Northern Hospital Epping is undergoing a major rebuilding and refurbishment project.

The Victorian Government has committed $162.7 million to expand and enhance facilities, ensuring the people of Melbourne’s north receive the quality healthcare they deserve.

Scope of Expansion in the North

This two-stage project allows Northern Health to ensure that families have access to first-class care close to home now and into the future.

Stage 1, completed in June 2016, saw the development of a three-storey tower and 32-bed inpatient unit, connected to the main hospital via an aerial link.

Stage 2 will increase the tower from three to seven floors, providing space for improved facilities and extra room to meet future needs.

The features of the new development include:

  • three 32-bed wards accommodating 96 acute in-patient beds
  • three new operating theatres including one hybrid theatre
  • new theatre recovery spaces
  • expansion of cardiology services, cath labs and medical imaging
  • Critical Care Unit with provision for development of a cardiac precinct
  • a fitted out ground floor with kitchen, café hub, offices, transit lounge, emergency control room and communications rooms
  • new electrical and lift infrastructure
  • future provision for a helipad
  • Central Sterile Supply Unit, equipment loan centre, bio-medical engineering, loading dock and other back office functions.

What are the Benefits?

Northern Hospital operates one of the state’s busiest emergency departments, treating more than 107,000 patients each year, delivering an average of 120 emergency surgeries and receiving over 621 ambulance arrivals per week.

With the population of Melbourne’s North expected to keep growing rapidly, the Victorian Government is investing $167.2 million to ensure the Northern Hospital can meet the increasing demand for healthcare.

The Northern Hospital Stage 2 expansion also aims to improve access for patients by redesigning of existing services and adding new ones.

More state-of-the-art facilities and services will also reduce the number of ambulance bypasses to other hospitals and ensure patients are treated fast, close to home.

The expansion will also feature a shell space for the future expansion of cardiology services, catheterisation labs and medical imaging.

  • JAN 2014

    STAGE 1 COMMENCES

  • JAN 2016

    STAGE 1 COMPLETED

    Development of a three-storey tower and 32-bed inpatient unit, connected to the main hospital via an aerial link.

  • AUG 2017

    STAGE 2 PLANNING

  • LATE 2018

    STAGE 2 CONSTRUCTION

    Increase the tower from three to seven floors, providing space for improved facilities and extra room to meet future needs.

  • JUN 2021

    CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE

In Partnership with Government

The Northern Hospital redevelopment is a project delivered in partnership by the Victorian Government and Northern Health.  Once the redevelopment is completed it will  increase the number of patients we can care for by 10,000.

Expansion Fast facts

51%

INCREASE IN POPULATION BY 2031

10,000

MORE PATIENTS TREATED

621

AMBULANCE ARRIVALS ON AVG. WEEK