Works have begun on Australia’s first specialist and standalone heart hospital, being built by the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined specialist clinicians who will work at the flagship hospital home today to turn the first sod to mark the start of construction of the $543 million hospital.

The Victorian Heart Hospital will bring the best and brightest cardiac experts under one roof to treat Victorians with heart disease – or those at risk of developing it. The hospital will feature an entire floor dedicated to ground-breaking medical research and cutting-edge training.

Only Labor invests in world-class healthcare that families can count on. The Victorian Heart Hospital will have capacity for 195 beds, 1,500 annual cardiac surgeries and 13,500 cardiac laboratory procedures.

It will cater for 28,300 cardiac emergency presentations and 108,000 consultations each year, ensuring anyone with or at risk of heart disease gets the world-class care they need, when they need it.

The Victorian Heart Hospital will treat cardiac diseases from early childhood to advanced adult life, and will include an emergency department, cardiac catheterisation labs, specialist surgical and imaging facilities and telehealth services for patients across Victoria, interstate and around the world.

Construction of the Victorian Heart Hospital will create more than 1,700 jobs – and a further 850 jobs for clinicians and researchers once up and running.

The hospital will also focus on diagnosis and treatment of cardiac patients in rural and regional Victoria through telehealth facilities, connecting specialists with regional patients and their local doctors, helping put an end to costly and often inconvenient trips to Melbourne.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $1.2 billion for world-class hospital upgrades and equipment, making sure families get the first-class care they can count on. That’s in stark contrast with the Liberals, who cut a billion dollars from health when they were last in office.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“The landmark Victorian Heart Hospital will spearhead our efforts to combat and treat cardiac disease. It will save thousands of lives – and we’re getting it done.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Clarinda Hong Lim

“Victoria is home to some of the world’s best cardiac clinicians and researchers. We’re building them a world-class facility.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“While the Liberals cut, only Labor builds a world-class health system that Victorian families can count on.”

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