Status

Completed

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital redevelopment

Location 32 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002, Australia

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital redevelopment upgraded the infrastructure of the largest public provider of ophthalmology and ear, nose and throat services in Victoria.

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Eye and Ear) is Australia’s only specialist eye and ear, nose and throat (ENT) hospital. It sees nearly 220,000 patients per year, including over 40,000 emergency attendances.

The hospital is the largest public provider of ophthalmology and ENT services in Victoria. It delivers more than half of Victoria’s public eye surgery. The redevelopment of the Eye and Ear involved a mix of new build and refurbishment of existing facilities. This included the partial demolition of buildings between the two central tower blocks and construction of new connecting link bridges. The redeveloped hospital now has eight operating rooms and 14 recovery spaces, 37 same-day beds/chairs and 24 overnight stay inpatient beds.

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital is complete

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13-CUBICLE
13-CUBICLE

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

8
8

OPERATING THEATRES

37
37

SAME-DAY BEDS

42
42

OUTPATIENT CONSULTING ROOMS

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital redevelopment provided:

  • eight operating rooms and 14 recovery spaces, all co-located on one floor
  • 37 same-day beds/chairs
  • 24 overnight stay inpatient beds
  • new 13-cubicle emergency department (completed in May 2016)
  • 42 multi-functional and flexible outpatient consulting rooms
  • new central suite supply department
  • updated pharmacy
  • electronic medical records
  • co-located general support areas
  • significant future expansion space
  • a full upgrade of the hospital's engineering infrastructure and central plant
  • improved teaching, training and research facilities consolidated in the upper levels of the building.

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital redevelopment aimed to achieve the following benefits:

Patient care and comfort

The 13-cubicle emergency department is designed to use advanced technology. It is also designed to support staff to deliver better care and comfort. This means that patients can access the urgent ophthalmology and ear, nose and throat services that they need.

Improved accessibility

The redeveloped hospital consolidated patient clinical services on the lower three floors of the buildings. This aimed to improve patient navigation and connections between hospital towers.

Natural design

The link bridges were designed to provide increased natural light.

This project was delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with:

  • The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Lyons (architect and principal consultant)
  • Hansen Yuncken (construction manager).

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital is closely affiliated with, and accommodates, the University of Melbourne departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology and the Centre for Eye Research Australia.

The project was funded by the hospital and the Victorian and Australian Governments.

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Location

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital redevelopment
  • Location
  • 32 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002, Australia
  • Phone
  • (03) 9929 8666

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