New era in health

5/5///19 North West Photography Issue 7/5/19 JoanKirnerHospital Opening of the Joan Kirner Womens and childrens Hospital Sunshine. PIc Marco De Luca

By Tate Papworth

A crowd of more than 3000 people turned out to catch their first glimpse of the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital at the weekend.

The hospital was formally opened by Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos during a brief ceremony on Sunday, which was followed by a family fun open day. Ms Mikakos said it was a win for the community and a fitting tribute to the former premier.

“Joan Kirner was a tireless advocate for families in Melbourne’s west – and the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital will make sure her legacy lives on in the west for generations to come.”

Tours of the building were held throughout the day, while food, costumes and other activities were in abundance. While the hospital was officially opened, it won’t be taking any patients until about May 15 while some final preparatory work is carried out.

The $200 million hospital includes 20 maternity delivery rooms, 237 beds, 39 special care nursery cots, four theatres and additional clinics.