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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.

The redevelopment will expand and refurbish the emergency department, adding 65 new spaces - more than doubling current capacity.

It also features 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 bigger and better Sunshine Hospital will also include a $5.3 million emergency department mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub.

The new hub, one of six being delivered across the state, will mean people presenting at Sunshine Hospital’s emergency department with mental health, alcohol or other drug related issues can be fast tracked to specialist, dedicated care – providing them with the right support, sooner.

Sunshine’s emergency department is one of the busiest in Victoria. It treats around 65,000 patients each year. Once complete, Sunshine Hospital’s new emergency department will be able to treat an extra 59,000 patients each year.

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

  • an extra 65 treatment spaces
  • a medical imaging suite
  • a new paediatric unit for children needing urgent care
  • a six-bed mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub
  • an expanded administration area
  • new staff amenities.

The expanded paediatric unit includes:

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

The staff administration area will be upgraded and expanded to include:

  • additional offices
  • workstations
  • meeting rooms.

Once the redevelopment is complete, Sunshine Hospital’s existing emergency department will be refurbished and will deliver a new resus area and behavioural assessment unit.

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.

Urgent mental healthcare where and when it’s needed

The mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub will allow more emergency patients experiencing mental health, alcohol and other drugs issues to be assessed, treated and monitored by specialists before being discharged.

The 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. Implementation of the hub is subject to a delivery model being finalised.

Building on the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

The investment in the mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub builds on the work of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System’s 74 recommendations to transform mental health support and care to make it accessible, flexible and responsive.

The hub will deliver emergency facilities that support safe and modern emergency care, providing more support for Victorians presenting at emergency departments who need dedicated clinical care.

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 Building Authority in partnership with: 

  • Western Health 
  • Silver Thomas Hanley (architect)  
  • Lendlease (builder). 
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 August 2021