The Royal Childrens Hospital Expansion Project

The Royal Children's Hospital Expansion Project

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

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

    Emergency Department works

    Building works are underway to create a larger ED from now until 2024.

    Once works are complete, it will have:

    • One third more treatment spaces
    • A second waiting room
    • New staff facilities
    RCH Waiting Room
    RCH Low Sensory Room

    What will happen

    Our ED will be extended into a former undercover car park. There will then be a range of other works to reconfigure and fit out the different rooms and areas.

    Expect to see or hear works between the hours of 6am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

    During construction there will be some unavoidable disruption, and we thank patients and families for their understanding.

    New inpatient ward 

    A new 30-bed inpatient ward opened in December 2022, with our current Sugar Glider ward relocating from level 2 to the new space on level 5. We are currently working to convert the level 2 space to a new medical ward in the first quarter of 2023, which will care for children admitted with oncology and mixed medical specialty conditions. 


    If you have any questions, please email

    RCH Canopy
    RCH Staff Room Roof