Hospital based care 04 September 2023

Emergency department mental health hub complete at Royal Melbourne Hospital

Construction has finished on a new emergency department mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The $5.35 million hub includes:

  • six mental health beds
  • a patient lounge and common area
  • consulting rooms that can be used as private spaces for patients and families
  • amenities for staff
  • a new emergency department ambulance entry.

The hub provides urgent care to those needing specialised, crisis mental health treatment. It also allows general emergency departments to care for other patients.

Sitting within the emergency department, it allows people to be assessed and treated by an emergency department and mental health team that includes:

  • psychiatrists
  • mental health nurses
  • social workers
  • referral services

Learn more by visiting the Royal Melbourne Hospital emergency department mental health and other drugs project page.

Emergency department mental health, alcohol and other drugs program

The Victorian Government is investing $32 million to build these specialised hubs in hospitals throughout Victoria. They help ensure people presenting with mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues receive the right support, faster.

These hubs already exist at:

  • University Hospital, Geelong
  • Monash Medical Centre
  • Sunshine Hospital
  • St Vincent’s Hospital.

Work is progressing on the new hub at Frankston Hospital.

Learn more about the program by visiting the emergency department mental health, alcohol and other drugs program page.

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