Dedicated children's area to be created as part of $63.2 million Monash Medical Centre expansion

News Date: 19 Apr 2017

Category: Buildings

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced that the Monash Medical Centre emergency department would be expanded with an exclusive medical area for children.

The $63.2 million investment will mean more adult and paediatric beds and more space, and will give doctors and nurses the modern facilities they need to deliver the highest quality emergency care, more quickly.

Emergency areas for adults and children will be separated, ensuring children are treated with the privacy they need. Mental health patients will also have their own dedicated area.

In total, there will be an additional 24 emergency department cubicles and an extra 10 short-stay beds for patients who need care for less than 24-hours.

The redevelopment will also improve access for ambulances arriving at emergency, meaning patients will get the vital care they need faster, and address traffic and congestion concerns making it safer and more efficient.

These presentations are expected to reach nearly 135,000 a year by 2031/32, up from around 86,000 in 2015/16.

After three months of careful planning, Monash Health will move up to 130 young patients from two paediatric wards via bed, cot incubator or wheelchair into the new hospital. It will treat an extra 7000 children and provide an additional 60,000 specialist treatments each year, as well as over 40,000 admissions every year.

The Labor Government provided $3.8 million to build a helipad on the Monash Children’s Hospital rooftop so kids facing life-threatening emergencies can be transferred to hospital quicker.

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