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Sunshine Hospital emergency department redevelopment
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Sunshine Hospital emergency department redevelopment

Location 176 Furlong Road, St Albans, Victoria, 3021, Australia

The Victorian Government is investing $34.9 million in the Sunshine Hospital emergency department redevelopment. The project will support the hospital to provide more people in the growing western suburbs with timely and world-class medical care.

Sunshine’s emergency department is one of the busiest in Victoria. It treats around 65,000 patients each year.

The redevelopment will add 65 spaces, more than double the current 55. It will also provide an expanded children’s section. This kids-only area is specially designed to give around 19,700 kids a year a calmer, more compassionate environment to receive emergency care.

The redeveloped emergency department will include a mental health and alcohol and other drug crisis hub. The hub can fast-track patients who need urgent assistance, freeing up the emergency department for other patients. It will have a 24-hour short stay unit to treat people with mental health or issues with alcohol or other drugs.

Once complete, the redevelopment will provide staff with the capacity to treat 59,000 more emergency patients every year. 

The expanded Sunshine Hospital emergency department is expected to open in late 2021. 

The Sunshine Hospital emergency department redevelopment will expand and refurbish the hospital’s current facilities. The redevelopment will add:

  • an extra 55 treatment spaces in the emergency department
  • a medical imaging suite 
  • 10 treatment spaces in a mental health and alcohol and other drug crisis hub, including a 24-hour short stay unit to treat people with mental health or drug or alcohol problems in urgent need
  • an expanded administration centre.

It will provide a children’s section that will include:

  • a new paediatric triage and reception
  • fast-track treatment spaces
  • support areas including x-ray facilities
  • nine additional kids-only treatment spaces.

Staff amenities will be upgraded and expanded to include:

  • additional offices
  • hot desk workstations
  • meeting rooms.

The Sunshine Hospital emergency department redevelopment aims to provide the following benefits:

Additional capacity

The expansion of Sunshine Hospital emergency department aims to meet the needs of the growing population in Melbourne’s west, allowing more people to be treated while improving patient flow, safety and quality of care. 

Emergency care

Once complete, the overall number of available treatment spaces will more than double from 55 to 120. This means Sunshine Hospital can treat an estimated 59,000 more emergency patients each year. 

Family emergency care

Children will be treated in a new separate section of the emergency department. Purpose-built for families, this will create a calmer and less clinical environment for children receiving treatment.

It will give Sunshine Hospital the capacity to treat up to 19,700 children every year and reduce waiting times for patients.

Crisis care

The separate mental health and alcohol and other drug crisis hub will allow more patients suffering from mental health or alcohol and other drugs issues to be assessed, treated and monitored by specialists before being discharged. The crisis hub aims to reduce the impact on the acute treatment cubicles within the emergency department and to allow patients to be seen and treated faster. 

Staff support

More desk space, as well as change rooms, additional meeting rooms and teaching areas will support staff needs.

Local jobs

At the peak of construction, the redevelopment is expected to create 100 jobs.

This project is being delivered by the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority in partnership with: 

  • Western Health 
  • Silver Thomas Hanley (architect)  
  • Lendlease (builder). 

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Sunshine Hospital emergency department redevelopment
  • Location
  • 176 Furlong Road
    St Albans, Victoria, 3021, Australia
  • Mail
  • (03) 8345 1333

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Last updated: 17 July 2020