Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital

The Project

The new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital will provide families in Melbourne’s west with the hospital they deserve.

Rise of the West

Sunshine Hospital is a 600-bed acute teaching hospital that provides a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including intensive care, coronary care, acute medical, surgical and emergency services and sub-speciality medical and surgical services.

Since the hospital opened in 1990, the population in western Melbourne has almost doubled in size.

Melbourne’s west is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia with one of the highest birth rates. Birth numbers at Sunshine Hospital alone are set to increase from current levels of around 5,500 babies per year to over 7,200 by 2026 – or more than 20 babies per day!

This increase in demand, coupled with the large proportion of children growing up in the region, means there will be an ongoing need for appropriate women’s and children’s health services.

Your new hospital

To meet this growing demand, the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital, set to open in mid-2019, will deliver the healthcare needs for growing families in Melbourne’s west. At nine stories, this building is already a landmark on the horizon, and will become a recognised and respected facility for many years to come.

When it opens, this hospital will greatly increase the capacity for family health services in Melbourne’s west and will include:

  • expanded maternity wards, with up to 64 maternity beds over two full floors;
  • 20 labour delivery rooms;
  • 4 operating theatres;
  • a maternal foetal health unit and specialist women’s health clinics;
  • a full floor children’s ward with 32 beds, most in single-room layouts;
  • separate clinic for children’s health services;
  • a special care nursery with 39 special care costs and humidicribs; and
  • the ability to care for very sick babies onsite, keeping families together at this important time.

This new facility will be a family-friendly environment, offering a positive healthcare experience. It is what families in our community deserve.

Floor plans

The new Joan Kirner and Women’s and Children’s hospital will provide for a comprehensive range of services conveniently located under the one roof, and has been designed with a patient friendly approach to layout.

Your support will provide best care for mothers and children.

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Learn more

Learn more about how your support will help deliver a hospital that women and children in Melbourne’s west deserve.

Download our Appeal Brochure.