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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.

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

It also includes 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 redevelopment will also add a mental health and alcohol and other drug crisis hub and refurbish the existing emergency department to provide a new resus area and behaviour assessment unit.

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.

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 mental health and alcohol and other drug crisis 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.

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 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 March 2021