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The Royal Childrens Hospital Expansion Project

The Royal Children's Hospital Expansion Project

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    The Victorian Government is investing $49.4 million to upgrade The Royal Children’s Hospital, creating a new 30-bed ward and expanding the Emergency Department with more treatment spaces.

    Works are now well progressed for the first stage of the project, which involves fitting out previously empty floor space on Level 5.  

    Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority with Kane Constructions as the builder, this upgrade will help the RCH keep providing the highest level of care 

    Stage One: New Inpatient Ward 

    Works to build a new ward began in March 2022 and are expected to be complete by the end of the year. The new ward will be located on Level 5 of the hospital’s North Building. 

    RCH Low Sensory Room                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Artist Impression – low sensory room   

    Stage Two: Emergency Department expansion underway

    RCH Canopy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Artist Impression – RCH Canopy 

    Building works are now underway to create a larger RCH Emergency Department, with 20 extra treatment spaces, a second waiting room, new staff facilities and relocated ambulance bays. 

    A construction team has mobilised and begun to set up the site sheds which will provide a temporary base for workers and materials throughout the project.

    These site sheds will make use of a former undercover parking area. Later in the project the Emergency Department (ED) will be extended out into this area, creating room for more treatment spaces. 

    From next week, workers will be active in an outdoor area near the ED entrance where they will use machinery to remove modify kerbs and traffic islands.

    Patients and families are being thanked in advance for their understanding during these initial works, which will cause intermittent noise throughout August.

    Works outside the ED will prepare for the eventual relocation of ambulance bays, and also for the number of drop off bays outside the ED to be increased from four to five.

    Ambulance access will not be affected.

    Emergency Department works form Stage Two of the RCH Expansion Project, a State Government project which also encompasses construction of a new 30-bed inpatient ward. 

    Works to build the new inpatient ward, which uses previously empty floor space on the hospital’s Level five, are on track to be complete by the end of the year. 

    The Emergency Department expansion is expected to be complete by mid-2024.

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