New emergency department to deliver more timely, and child-friendly, emergency care for Bayside


 Modern and spacious treatment areas, and a dedicated zone for children, are among the many improvements achieved through the redevelopment of Sandringham Hospital's emergency department.


Officially opened today by the Minister for Health, The Hon. David Davis, the $6.8 million emergency department expansion also introduces six short stay beds for people needing extended medical observation and establishes an ‘urgent care centre' for those who can benefit from GP-like care.


Alfred Health Chief Executive Officer, A/Prof Andrew Way said the increased size of the new department, together with the introduction of an urgent care centre operated by GP-specialists, brings a new level of access to emergency care for the Bayside community.


"Establishing an urgent care centre - located next to our busy emergency department - is an innovative model," A/Prof Way said.  "It's about providing timely care for the Bayside community, and supports greater access to support for the 30,000-plus patients who visit our emergency department each year.


"Patients with less urgent, and more minor, illnesses and injuries are now directed into the urgent care centre to receive care from a general practitioner.  This keeps our emergency care teams free to deliver true emergency medicine for patients identified as having more complex needs.


"We have also included a dedicated paediatric zone within the emergency department to offer a more supportive environment for the 5,000 children who are treated in our emergency department annually.


"Together, these changes have positioned the hospital to deliver long-term local hospital care, and further realise our commitment to improving care for our community."