The Andrews Labor Government will inject an extra $28.61 million into the Casey Hospital expansion to deliver a bigger and better hospital with more beds than first promised.

State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley joined with Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy at the hospital to announce the funding boost.

The additional $28.61 will take the election promise of $106.3 million to a total investment of nearly $135 million.

The funding boost will deliver additional services in view of the soaring growth in demand for acute health care in the Casey area.

Its population grows by an average of 7,300 people a year and is expected to hit 459,000 by 2036.

The extra funding will deliver an additional 64 beds on top of the 96 extra beds totalling 160 beds in the new inpatient tower to be constructed.

The expansion will also feature four additional operating theatres, an intensive care unit and a day surgery unit.

Casey is home to the biggest baby boom, with 86 babies born weekly and by 2035, this number will jump to 126 babies.

Latest data supports the need for more beds and services to meet this unprecedented growth.

The expansion will enable Casey Hospital to treat an extra 25,867 patients, perform an extra 8,000 procedures and support an extra 1300 births.

Construction is expected to begin next year and be open to patients in late 2019.

Quotes attributable to State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley

“This record investment for Casey Hospital expansion is excellent news for the growing population of the region as it means better and increased services for patients.

The Andrews Labor Government stands by its commitment to provide world class healthcare to Casey residents and the best hospital for their families.”