University Hospital Geelong children’s emergency department
64-66 Bellerine Street,
The Victorian Government is investing $20 million to deliver a dedicated children’s emergency department at the University Hospital Geelong.
The new paediatric emergency department will include 28 treatment spaces, including fast-track and short-stay beds. A separate triage system and waiting area is also being delivered along with new treatment rooms and support areas.
The facility has been designed to provide a private, calm and reassuring environment for children and their families.
The project forms part of a larger $102.4 million program to deliver dedicated children’s emergency departments at five of Victoria’s busiest hospitals. These also include the Northern, Frankston, Casey and Maroondah hospitals.
Construction has started on the dedicated children’s emergency department. It is due to be completed September 2024.
The project aims to achieve the following benefits:
Providing greater access to care, close to home
The expansion of University Hospital Geelong’s emergency department aims to meet the needs of the growing population within the Geelong and Barwon community.
When complete, the facility will enable more kids and young people to be treated in a child-friendly space, while improving patient flow, safety and quality of care.
The project will deliver an extra 28 emergency department treatment spaces. This increased capacity will give more families access to emergency care, close to home.
Designed for families
Children will be treated in a new separate section of the emergency department.
Purpose-built for families, it will create a calmer and less clinical environment for children and young people receiving treatment. The design includes a play area and calming, muted tones and décor to help minimise anxiety in younger patients.
More local jobs
The project is expected to create and sustain around 60 jobs during the peak of construction.
This project is being delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with:
Silver Thomas Hanley Architecture
It is part of a larger 102.4 million program to deliver dedicated children’s emergency departments at five hospitals. This program is funded by both the Victorian and Federal Governments, with the Federal Government investing $40 million towards the total program cost.