Construction starts on new children’s emergency department at University Hospital Geelong
Work has begun building a new kids’ emergency department at University Hospital Geelong.
The $20 million project is creating dedicated children’s emergency treatment spaces. This means more children and young people can get treated in a calming and reassuring environment.
The new family area will be separate from the general emergency department with its own entrance. It will feature soft colours and furnishings to help reduce anxiety in younger patients.
The new state-of-the-art facility will feature:
- 28 extra dedicated treatment spaces - including two fast-track and eight short-stay beds
- new treatment rooms and support spaces
- a paediatric triage system
- a separate waiting area.
We are partnering with Barwon Health and Kane Constructions to deliver the project. It will create and sustain around 60 jobs during the peak of construction.
Construction is due to be complete in September 2024.
The project is part of the Victorian Government’s investment to deliver specially designed children’s emergency areas in some of the state’s busiest hospitals. These include the Northern, Frankston, Casey and Maroondah hospitals.
Barwon Women’s and Children’s
The new Barwon Women’s and Children’s will be built within the University Hospital Geelong precinct. The facility will be designed to ensure easy access from the new children’s emergency facilities.
It will create more capacity to meet the increasing demand in the Barwon south west region.
The Barwon Women’s and Children’s will provide more:
- birthing suites
- maternity inpatient beds
- paediatric inpatient beds
- special care nursery cots.
Last updated: 04 May 2023
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