MINISTER for Health David Davis visited the Castlemaine Hospital on Friday for the official opening of its $10 million redevelopment.
"The community in Castlemaine will be very happy with this outcome and I look forward to seeing the result, which I'm yet to see," he said on Friday morning during a tour of the new Bendigo Hospital site ahead of his visit to Castlemaine.
The Castlemaine Hospital redevelopment included the relocation and refurbishment of the urgent care unit, a second emergency theatre to be used as a procedure room, a modern day surgery ward and recovery area and an improved front entrance.
"The new design will streamline services, resulting in greater efficiency, cost savings for the hospital and improved privacy for patients," Mr Davis said.
He said the redevelopment would help meet the demand for local health care.
"The iconic hospital is more than 100 years old and patients and were faced with aging infrastructure and disjointed buildings," Mr Davis said.
"Today, we have a state-of-the-art hospital that has improved access for patients and anew design that makes it easier for staff to deliver the highest quality care for patients."