Construction begins on new emergency department for Albury Wodonga Health
Albury Wodonga Health’s new emergency department is one step closer, with construction now underway.
The NSW and Victorian governments are working together to build new health infrastructure at Albury Wodonga Health’s Albury campus. A new emergency department and short stay unit will be built to meet the future health needs of the community.
The $36 million emergency department is jointly funded by the NSW and Victorian governments. Once finished, the old emergency department will be refurbished to become a new short stay unit.
As well as overseeing the delivery of the $36 million project, the Victorian Government is providing $6 million from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund for a new 16-bed short stay unit.
TEXT: Construction is underway on a new emergency department and short stay unit at Albury Wodonga Health.
IMAGES: Footage shows an artist impression of the exterior of the emergency department at Albury Wodonga Health. The façade is an earthy brown colour with an Indigenous pattern on the surface of the exterior.
TEXT: Delivered in partnership by the New South Wales and Victorian governments, the $36 million project will more than double treatment spaces from 16 to 42.
IMAGES: Footage shows an artist impression of the entrance to the hospital and emergency department. It is a one level building with covered walkways around the perimeter.
IMAGES: Footage shows an artist impression of the waiting areas in the new emergency department. There are floor to ceiling windows, seats and plenty of space and natural light.
TEXT: It will also add a resuscitation hub;
IMAGES: Footage shows an artist impression of the acute staff base, with patient cubicles radiating from the central hub.
TEXT: paediatric treatment area; triage, consult and waiting rooms
IMAGES: Footage shows an artist impression of the emergency department reception, and a woman on crutches speaking to a triage nurse.
TEXT: ambulance bays;
IMAGES: Footage shows again the artist impression of the exterior of the new emergency department.
TEXT: x-ray and CT scanning spaces; behavioural assessment rooms.
IMAGES: Footage shows an artist impression of one of the covered walkways, with floor to ceiling windows and artwork on the opposite walls.
TEXT: The project will also deliver a 16-bed short stay unit and uplift staff amenities.
IMAGES: Footage shows an artist impression of the whole building lit up at night time. The lights inside show the warm coloured walkway walls with artwork.
TEXT: The project is on track to be completed in 2024.
IMAGES: The last artist impression is the exterior of the building at twilight. The word ‘Emergency’ sits atop a concrete plinth that doubles as an arrow pointing towards the entrance, and the evening light casts a reflection of the signage onto the façade of the building.
IMAGES: Slide with the words ‘In partnership with’ and NSW Government logo and VHBA logo. The closing slide is the Victorian Health Building Authority logo, the web address vhba.vic.gov.au and the Victorian Government logo.
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About the new emergency department
The new emergency department will include 42 treatment spaces, doubling its current capacity.
It will include:
- a specialised resuscitation hub
- paediatric treatment area
- acute treatment area
- multiple triage rooms with their own accompanying waiting rooms
- more ambulance bays
- x-ray and CT scanning spaces
- behavioural assessment rooms
- private family consult rooms.
Albury Wodonga Heath has one of the busiest emergency departments in regional Australia. The new expansion will ensure local families can get the best emergency care, closer to home.
The new emergency department is on track to be completed in late 2023.
About the new short stay unit
Once the new emergency department is finished, the old emergency department will be refurbished into a new short stay unit.
The new unit will increase Albury Wodonga Health’s short stay beds from four to 16.
The short stay unit will include:
- 16 treatment bays
- support facilities including utility and medication rooms
- staff room, staff offices and education space.
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.
About the project
The project is being delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership Albury Wodonga Health and local builder, Joss Group.
It will create and sustain more than 100 local jobs during peak construction.
The expansion will support almost 80,000 patients projected to go through the emergency department by 2031.
Learn more about the project on the Albury Wodonga Health short stay unit page.
Last updated: 14 July 2022
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