VICTORIAN BUDGET 2017 – MONASH MEDICAL CENTRE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT UPGRADE

VICTORIAN BUDGET 2017 – MONASH MEDICAL CENTRE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT UPGRADE

Posted on 02. May, 2017 in Clayton Update

The Andrews Labor Government will expand the Monash Medical Centre emergency department with a $63.2 million boost for an exclusive area just for children, so our sickest kids get the care they need sooner.

The boost to the Monash Medical Centre emergency department is part of $428.5 million invested across Victoria in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 for new hospital upgrades and equipment to give our hardworking doctors and nurses the world-class facilities they deserve.

The investment at Monash Medical Centre will mean more adult and paediatric beds and more space, and will give doctors and nurses the modern facilities they need to deliver the highest quality emergency care, more quickly.

Emergency areas for adults and children will be separated, ensuring children are treated with the privacy they need. Mental health patients will also have their own dedicated area.

In total, there will be an additional 24 emergency department cubicles and an extra 10 short-stay beds for patients who need care for less than 24-hours.

The redevelopment will also improve access for ambulances arriving at emergency, meaning patients will get the vital care they need faster, and address traffic and congestion concerns making it safer and more efficient.

The former Liberal Government had cut the emergency department from the Monash Children’s Hospital project, despite huge growth in the number of paediatric patients presenting to emergency over the past six years.

These presentations are expected to reach nearly 135,000 a year by 2031/32, up from around 86,000 in 2015/16.

The world-class Monash Children’s Hospital recently opened to begin treating sick babies, children and adolescents needing specialist care from Melbourne’s booming south-east suburbs, the Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland.

It will treat an extra 7000 children and provide an additional 60,000 specialist treatments each year, as well as over 40,000 admissions every year.

The Labor Government provided $3.8 million to build a helipad on the Monash Children’s Hospital rooftop so kids facing life-threatening emergencies can be transferred to hospital quicker.

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