The Victorian Government is investing $6 million for a new short stay unit at Albury Wodonga Health.
Albury Wodonga Health is building a new emergency department at its Albury campus. Once finished, the old emergency department will be refurbished to become the new short stay unit. The new unit will increase Albury Wodonga Health’s short stay beds from four to 16.
Funded by the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, the short stay unit will include utility and medication rooms, staff spaces for administration and education, and a break room.
Work on the short stay unit will begin after the completion of the new emergency department. The short stay unit is scheduled for completion in mid-2024.
Albury Wodonga is one of the busiest emergency departments in regional Australia. The project aims to provide the regions of Albury and Wodonga with quality healthcare now, and into the future.
The $790 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is the largest grant program of its kind in Victorian history. It provides vital government funding to rural and regional public health and residential aged care services across Victoria. This funding enables these services to continue to provide safe and efficient care to local communities.
The Albury Wodonga Health short stay unit aims to achieve the following benefits:
Meeting growing demand
Albury Wodonga Health is one of the busiest emergency departments in regional Australia. The new short stay unit will provide local communities with increased access to emergency health treatment and care and help meet growing demand.
Specialist non-emergency care
The 16-bed short stay unit aims to provide specialist care for patients presenting to the emergency department requiring non-emergency treatment.
Reduced wait times
The increased capacity of the new short stay unit will help Albury Wodonga Health reduce wait times in the emergency department, so patients get care sooner.
Short stay units are designed to provide short-term treatment, observation and assessment for patients initially triaged and assessed in the emergency department. They are designed for stays of less than 24 hours. They are for people who may need further assessment prior to admission, or confirmation of results prior to discharge.
When will the new emergency department open?
The new emergency department will open in early 2023. After this, work will begin on the refurbishment of the old emergency department to turn it into a short stay unit.
Who is funding the new emergency department?
The new emergency department is funded by the NSW government.
Will there be short stay beds available during construction?
Yes. The existing four bed short stay unit will continue to operate as usual and will not be impacted during construction.