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New emergency department at Sandringham opens

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September 24, 2014

• Expanded capacity for emergency care at Sandringham Hospital
• Integrated Urgent Care Centre to ease workload on emergency department.
• Napthine Government building a healthier Victoria
Minister for Health David Davis today officially opened the upgraded and expanded emergency department at Sandringham Hospital.
Mr Davis said the upgraded emergency department would assist in providing improved care for patients with more space, better privacy and modern facilities and a more efficient working environment for doctors and nurses,” Mr Davis said.
“The redevelopment has increased the capacity of the emergency department to include two resuscitation rooms, 11 observation and short stay cubicles and six consulting and treatment rooms.
“The consulting and treatment rooms will also support the introduction of a new Integrated Urgent Care Centre, which will enable the timely treatment of patients with relatively straightforward needs, while the wider emergency department will continue to provide care for those requiring more complex care.”
The redevelopment follows the securing of $6.8 million from the Commonwealth’s National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services.
Mr Davis said Sandringham Hospital, now operated by Alfred Health, was celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014.
“Sandringham Hospital was first opened on Bluff Rd Sandringham in 1964 as an 88-bed emergency and maternity hospital,” Mr Davis said.
“The development of the hospital was driven by a dedicated local community who rallied after the war to fund and build the hospital, with the idea first raised in 1942.
“The hospital was designed in a unique circular shape, a major departure from traditional hospital design at the time, with central nursing stations from which all patients could be seen.
“The first patient was a pregnant woman who was admitted on January 8, 1964. Her baby was born the following day. A total of 642 babies were born in the hospital’s first year of operation.
Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson strongly welcomed the upgraded and expanded Emergency Department which represents the most important community asset in the Bayside community.
“Today, more than 33,000 patients pass through the emergency department doors each year – one in four are children. Maternity services continue to grow with 1,183 births in 2013 with the management of maternity and gynaecology services at Sandringham benefiting from the expertise of the Royal Women’s Hospital”” Mr Thompson said.
“More than 400 staff are currently employed at the hospital.”