Emergency department upgrade on track for completion this year

March 6, 2024 BY

An artist's impression of the paediatric emergency department's reception area. Photo: SUPPLIED

CONSTRUCTION on Geelong’s $20 million children’s emergency department has reached the halfway mark.

Housed at University Hospital Geelong, the department will feature 28 additional treatment spaces, including two fast-track and eight short-stay beds, as well as a dedicated entry, new treatment rooms and support spaces, a paediatric triage system and waiting area.

Minister for Health Infrastructure Mary-Anne Thomas said the project was “critical” for children and families across the region.

“It will help to meet growing demand in the region, while ensuring care is delivered in an environment suitable for kids.”

The facility has been designed to provide a calm, less clinical environment for the hospital’s young patients and includes muted tones and furnishings to help minimise anxiety in those receiving treatment.

An artist’s impression of the purpose-built play area to be built inside the children’s emergency department. Photo: SUPPLIED


Geelong MP Chris Couzens said University Hospital Geelong had one of the state’s busiest emergency departments.

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

Intended to respond to the region’s growing population, the new emergency department aims to reduce wait times and treatment delays and improve the quality of care available.

The new family area will be separate from the hospital’s general emergency department and is expected to be completed in September.

The next stage of the project involves the construction of new administration areas for hospital staff and the reconstruction of the main drop-off point for the emergency department.

Lara MP Ella George celebrated the project’s milestone.

“The new, modern and child-friendly ED 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.