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LeadWest welcomes mental health services funding

Mar 10, 2017

LeadWest welcomes the announcement by the Victorian Government of $19 million to improve, expand, and better coordinate mental health services in Melbourne’s west.

The funding to be rolled out over five years is be used to address critical demand pressures.

The funding will enable Mercy Health via Werrribee Mercy Hospital to manage immediate emergency department demand, providing more timely access to specialist care for mental health consumers in Melbourne's west.

Mercy Health Mental Health Services will also provide patients with more intensive support once they leave hospital to help them to live well in the community. 

The announcement was made at an event to mark the start of works on the $85 million Werribee Mercy Hospital expansion project. 

LeadWest welcomes this project as it will see four more levels built on top of the existing Catherine McAuley Centre and it will deliver an extra 64 inpatient beds, which includes eight new critical care beds, as well as six new operating theatres.

With more theatres and beds, waiting times for emergency care and elective surgery will be reduced and patients will get the treatment they need sooner, recover quicker and enjoy better health outcomes.

Werribee Mercy Hospital will also get a much needed new 370-space multi-level car park.

The expansion is expected to be complete by mid-2018 and during construction it will create nearly 300 jobs.

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