A first look at LRH’s $217m expansion

THE final designs for the $217 million major expansion of Latrobe Regional Hospital have been released.

The designs reveal a first look at the hospital’s exterior, grounds and internal fit-outs, which have been carefully considered to create a welcoming atmosphere for patients and families.

The expansion will deliver a new emergency department resuscitation bay, three operating suites, six intensive care unit beds, 44 inpatient beds and a medical imaging and pathology unit.

Maternity services will also be expanded with the addition of two new birthing suites, six maternity beds, six special care nursery cots and a children’s play area.

The expansion will create 600 jobs during the peak of construction, and once complete will allow for an additional 6200 elective surgeries per year.

A $73 million expansion of the Latrobe Regional Hospital (stage two) was completed in 2017 and delivered 30 new acute inpatient beds, 12 new short stay beds, a new emergency department and Gippsland’s first cardiac catheterisation laboratory.

Construction of this next stage will begin this year, with the expansion expected to be completed in 2023.

Health Minister Martin Foley said the expansion would “meet the needs of a growing community – increased capacity and purpose-built treatment spaces ensuring patients don’t need to travel for complex procedures”.