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Kay Norman with daughter Cassie Borg and her newborn daughter Eleanor, born August 2 and DjHS midwife Fiona Gordon. Photo - Jessica Howard

By Jessica Howard

The Bacchus Marsh Maternity Unit may be under construction, but it hasn’t stopped the delivery of over 100 babies.
The $2.5 million renovation commenced in April this year, with the first stage expected to be completed by April 2018.
Andrew Freeman, Chief Executive of Djerriwarrh Health Services, said the upgrade works were welcomed by staff and families wanting to give birth.
He said since the refurbishment commenced, 108 babies have been born, with a record number of six babies born within 24 hours between June 15 and 16 (as reported in The Moorabool News).
“The refurbishment project will boost the number of post-delivery beds in the maternity unit from 11 to 15, and prepare the health service to cater for up to 1,200 births per annum in the future”.
Works will also include the upgrading of existing nurse workstations and delivery suites, as well as the addition of a new three-bay nursery to the maternity department.
“The upgrade will better equip and prepare the Service to meet the immediate and future care needs of the Bacchus Marsh and Melton communities, and provide a more comfortable environment,” Mr Freeman said.
“Renovation works have required us to build a temporary new entrance to the maternity unit, and I want to thank patients and visitors for their patience during this time”.
During the upgrade works, the maternity department will remain fully operational.
Families planning to give birth at the Bacchus Marsh & Melton Regional Hospital are welcome to take a tour or speak to the Maternity Manager. For more information, please call 5367 9600 to arrange an appointment.