Emergency department reaches halfway mark

Construction on a dedicated children’s emergency department at the University Hospital Geelong has hit the halfway mark.

The $20 million facility will help give local families access to world-class emergency care closer to home, with construction expected to be completed at the end of the year.

Member for Geelong Christine Couzens said the project’s next stages would see the delivery of new administration areas for staff and a reconstructed drop-off point for the emergency department.

“Our hardworking doctors and nurses at University Hospital Geelong have one of the state’s busiest emergency departments,” she said.

“That’s why we’re making it bigger and better for Geelong kids now and into the future.”

Minister for Health Infrastructure Mary-Anne Thomas said the new paediatric emergency department would provide a calm environment and reduce wait times.

“This is a critical project for children and families across Geelong and it will help to meet growing demand in the region, while ensuring care is delivered in an environment suitable for kids,” she said.

Member for Lara Ella George said the children’s emergency department will include 28 dedicated treatment spaces with two fast-track and eight short-stay beds.

“The new, modern and child-friendly emergency department is taking shape and is on track to provide our community with the best care at some of the most stressful times for parents and children,” she said.

More information about the dedicated children’s emergency department is available at vhba.vic.gov.au/health/hospitals/university-hospital-geelong-childrens-emergency-department