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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OF THE FUTURE

Bendigo Health’s Emergency Department, one of the hospital’s most frequented entry points, will be located in Drought Street when the new Bendigo Hospital opens at the end of January next year.

Bendigo West MP, Maree Edwards, toured the future Emergency Department today, which is the main access for acutely unwell and trauma patients, ambulance arrivals and some patient transport providers.

“This is one of the busiest areas of any hospital and demand on Bendigo Health’s Emergency Department continues to grow every year,” Ms Edwards said.

“In 2006, the department saw 35,000 patients and just a decade on that figure will be around 48,000 for 2016.

“This new hospital will not only be a world class facility, but it will cater for the demand for many years to come.”

Bendigo Health Board Chair, Bob Cameron, said several new features will make the new Emergency Department a much more comfortable environment.

“These include, a discreet entry for behaviourally disturbed patients, combined with dedicated mental health treatment areas,” he said.

“Also, there are several family rooms that offer a private and quiet space for families to gather and talk to health professionals. When a loved one is in hospital it is generally an emotional and stressful time and quiet spaces like these are essential.”

Inside the department, there are four resuscitation bays to treat the most severally ill patients, one of those bays is specifically equipped for paediatric patients. There will also be a dedicated children’s waiting space and specific paediatric treatment cubicles.

Two isolation rooms are also built into the area, which are designed to minimise the risk of infection to other patients, staff and visitors. 

The department is located alongside Medical Imaging and patient only elevators effectively connect it with theatres, intensive care and the soon to be built helipad.

“Our staff are very excited about moving into a new facility and having the ability to change our care to be more focussed around the patient,” Bendigo Health, Emergency Department director Dr Diana Badcock said.

“Due to the additional space in the department we will be able to provide team specific collaborative and multi-disciplinary healthcare.”

Dr Badcock added that while the new hospital was a major coup for the Loddon Mallee region, people must continue to take responsibility for their own health and appreciate that the Emergency Department is for critically and acutely unwell and unstable patients.

“We encourage people to utilise their primary healthcare provider, in other words their GP, for minor, routine and long standing healthcare issues” she said.

The addition of the helipad, as part of stage two of the project, will also add to patient care and decrease response times for the critically ill and allow Bendigo Health to manage major traumas or disasters.

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