We were delighted to welcome Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and the Victorian Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos MP to Monash Medical Centre on Sunday 8 September to launch our emergency department redevelopment project.
Major works are about to commence on the project, which will deliver an expanded emergency department and a new, dedicated paediatric emergency department for Monash Children’s Hospital.
A separate emergency treatment area will be created to treat patients with complex needs.
“This upgrade will give families peace of mind that world-class care is just around the corner when someone is sick,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
Monash Medical Centre sees over 90,000 emergency patients a year. This figure rises each year, and increasing demand means the facilities are in need of an upgrade and expansion.
“Our infrastructure no longer matches the needs of our patients or the abilities of our team,” said Dr Rachel Rosler, Director of Emergency Medicine at Monash Medical Centre.
“Our dedicated staff provide care for critically ill and injured patients, but working in an ageing facility does limit our ability to provide tailored care for children, undertake research projects, or care for patients with complex needs.”
On hand to meet the Premier and Minister was 13-year-old Tristan Watters. Earlier this year Tristan had a cardiac issue that saw his heart rate soar to over 250 beats per minute. An ambulance rushed him to Monash, where our emergency team were able to get the life-threatening episode under control.
The construction project ahead will include a dedicated entry for ambulances, allowing faster access to life-saving care. Major works commence soon and the whole project is expected to be complete in 2022.