Acting Premier and Minister visit the new emergency department at Monash Medical Centre

On Sunday, 28 March, Acting Premier James Merlino MP and Minister for Health Martin Foley visited the newly-operational Emergency Department at Monash Medical Centre.

Head of Emergency Medicine at Monash Medical Centre, Dr Rachel Rosler, led them on a tour of the new state-of-the-art resuscitation bays, children’s area, diagnostic imaging facilities, and adult area. They spoke with Nurse Manager Dawn Macrae and Sarah Strahan, mother of seven-week-old Hannah Strahan, who was in the Emergency Department (pictured with the Acting Premier, James Merlino MP – main image).

The facility began treating patients on Wednesday, 24 March, and Chief Executive Andrew Stripp said the new facility marks a significant milestone for the broader Emergency Department Redevelopment Project.

“For our patients, this new space will be brighter, lighter, and a much more welcoming environment,” Andrew said. “As we know, an emergency department can be a high-stress environment, and this new space will make a significant difference in how our teams provide care and ease undue anxiety for our patients.”

Dr Rosler said, “The new space will allow for more contemporary models-of-care at the site. The old emergency department was quite dated and restrictive in how we utilise its limited space. We’re very pleased to have moved into a much more versatile space that means we can provide the best possible care at a difficult time for our patients.”

The next stages of the overall project will see the existing Emergency Department space closed off while a comprehensive internal refurbishment is completed to match the new facility.

When the project is complete in early 2022, Monash Medical Centre will have a significantly larger Emergency Department and improved pedestrian and ambulance access. It will feature a dedicated paediatric emergency facility and a separate crisis hub for more vulnerable patients.

“We recognise that this has been a disruptive project, and we appreciate the patience shown by our employees, patients, and community while we deliver these upgrades,” Andrew said.


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