Werribee Mercy Hospital
Werribee Mercy Hospital is a general community hospital of 200 beds located 30 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. Werribee is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia. It is a public hospital campus of Mercy Health and offers maternity & neonatal services, general surgery, general medical, palliative care, day chemotherapy, renal dialysis, allied health services, hospital in the home, mental health services, rehabilitation programs, and a 24 hour emergency department, all in modern and comfortable surroundings.
Werribee Mercy Hospital opened in 1993. It is currently undergoing rapid expansion and redevelopment in order to meet the increasing demand for health services in the region. In 2011, the hospital completed an upgrade including a new emergency short stay unit, renal dialysis unit, special care nursery and maternity services. Our nurses and midwives enjoy being involved in planning for the growth and re-development of the hospital which will soon include the development of a 30 bed subacute ward and community rehabilitation centre. There are also proposals for the development of an intensive care and / or high dependency unit.
Clinical education and professional development is supported by a team of highly experienced educators and clinical support nurses. A clinical skills centre utilises simulation tools and manikins to provide clinical teaching in a safe, non-threatening environment.
In 2010, we commenced an affiliation with the University of Notre Dame Australia in which we will be hosting their Melbourne Clinical School, which will cater for 70 medical students. A new state of the art facility has recently been opened which allows multimodal learning including simulation.
The hospital employs over 900 staff and is a busy, modern facility that provides a wide variety of current clinical experience. However, it also maintains a friendly, community atmosphere where all staff are valued members of the team. Our excellent retention rates are indicative of high levels of job satisfaction and a “feeling of belonging”. The physical environment is modern, light and all at ground level. Wards and staff areas open onto garden filled courtyards.
Several units provide general nursing care in general surgery, general medical, palliative care, day chemotherapy, and hospital in the home. Planning is underway for a 30 bed sub acute unit and a proposed high dependency or intensive care unit.
Maternity and Neonatal Services
Maternity and neonatal services consist of a new state of the art 24 bed postnatal ward , 8 bed labour and birth suite ,antenatal clinic and a 12 cot level 2 special care nursery. Within the units the Midwives provide antenatal, intrapartum, postnatal and neonatal care utilising a holistic approach to women, babies and their families.
The current birth rate is 2000 per year, and this is expected to increase as we expand and develop the unit. In 2011, the hospital introduced an additional Team Midwifery model where Midwives provide holistic care to pregnant woman within their community. A new Victorian Government funded purpose designed and expanded maternity and special care nursery services delivers 8 additional obstetric beds and 4 additional special care nursery cots in state-of-the art facilities to support increasing demands from a growing community.
In addition to our inpatient services midwives work in the ‘Team Midwifery Model of Care', antenatal education, pregnancy day stay, breastfeeding support services and midwifery in the home.
Midwives are supported by Midwifery and Neonatal Educators, Clinical Support Midwives and Lactation Consultants within the unit. An extensive orientation program and access to study days, in-services and seminars with varied educational programs is offered.
The Emergency Department
The emergency department has approximately 36,000 presentations annually, ranging from paediatric to adult emergencies. The 23 bed department comprises of three resuscitation cubicles, cardiac monitoring area, procedure and assessment cubicles, separate triage areas and a Short Stay unit which includes 10 paediatric and adult beds.
The Operating Suite
The operating suite consists of 4 theatres and provides a wide variety of surgery to on average 7500 patients annually including General, Gynaecology, Obstetrics, ENT, Urology, Orthopaedics, Oral and Endoscopy.
Ambulatory care includes a 12 chair renal dialysis unit, day surgical services, day chemotherapy unit, day medical service, and chronic disease management service.
Mercy Mental Health Service
The Mercy Mental Health Program currently provides a service to approximately 700 registered clients in inner metropolitan and outer suburban Melbourne. The program includes a Triage Service, Crisis Assessment and Treatment Teams, 25 bed inpatient unit, 4 bed short stay unit, Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Service, 6 bed mother baby unit, Consultation and Partnerships with PARC (Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility). The rehabilitation services include a Residential Community Care Unit, mobile support teams and community care teams.
Community Palliative Care
Mercy Palliative Care is a community based palliative care service which operates throughout the western metropolitan region of Melbourne caring for people with a life limiting illness, and their families, in their own homes. On average, about 480 patients are in the program at any one time.
We also have a purpose built 12 bed palliative care inpatient unit located at the hospital.
The Community Rehabilitation Centre
The Community Rehabilitation Centre is located in the local community and provides allied health services to 360 clients annually who require physical rehabilitation.
Werribee Mercy Hospital
300-310 Princes Highway
Phone (+61) 03 8754 3000
To find out about living in Werribee please go to www.wyndham.vic.gov.au.