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Tender announced for Eye and Ear redevelopment

June 28, 2013

Tender announced for Eye and Ear redevelopment Minister for Health Hon. David Davis addresses staff and guests at the Eye and Ear this morning.



The major redevelopment of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has moved a step closer, with the release of tender documents to a shortlist of builders.

Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine and Minister for Health David Davis outlined this next critical phase in an announcement to staff and guests at the Eye and Ear this morning.

Minister Davis said today he expected the tender evaluation would see the construction manager appointed in September, and work to start soon after.

Clinical services will be consolidated on lower levels of the Eye and Ear and provide major improvements in emergency, operating theatre, medical imaging and specialist clinics. It will also provide inpatient wards and new same-day recovery areas. A significant expansion of onsite teaching, training and research facilities will be consolidated on the upper five floors.

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“This redevelopment will set up the hospital for the next stage in its exciting future, and follows on from the recent celebration of its 150th anniversary, Mr Davis said.

“The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital delivers more than half of Victoria's public general eye surgery and 90 per cent of the State's specialist eye surgery.

“The redevelopment will enable the hospital to better meet the current and future demand for elective and emergency surgery in the ophthalmology and ear, nose and throat specialties.

“A new world-class hospital will help meet demand and reduce outpatient waiting times.

The works will allow the revamping of the structure and layout of the hospital in order to improve the efficiency of services to the more than 250,000 patients currently seen at the hospital each year.

Mr Davis said the project would include the demolition of the existing buildings between the two tower blocks to allow construction of a connecting link building with five fully-integrated floors.

CEO Ann Clark said the opening of the tender process was an important step forward for the project.

“Today's announcement from the State Government represents an exciting step toward the next phase of the Eye and Ear's redevelopment. It is wonderful to see the planning and hard work of so many people coming to life, said Ms Clark.

The work is expected to be completed in late 2017, and will allow the Eye and Ear to better meet future demand for age-related eye and ear conditions as Victoria’s population ages.