The newly-constructed emergency facility at Monash Medical Centre is ready for patients, and will begin triaging and treating patients from Wednesday the 24th of March.
Chief Executive Andrew Stripp said the new facility marks an important milestone for the broader Emergency Department Redevelopment Project.
“For our patients this new space will be brighter, lighter and much more welcoming environment,” Andrew said. “As we know an emergency department can be a high-stress place, and this new facility will make a significant difference in how our teams provide care and ease undue anxiety for our patients.”
Director of Emergency Medicine at Monash Medical Centre, Dr Rachel Rosler, said that the new space would allow for more contemporary models-of-care at the site.
“The old emergency department is quite dated and restrictive in how we utilise its limited space, and we’re very pleased to be moving 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 older emergency department space closed off as a construction zone, with a comprehensive internal refurbishment 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 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.
Approved by Andrew Stripp, Chief Executive