Guide to the RCH

Wayfinding and design

  • The design elements in the hospital were carefully developed to help patients, families, visitors and staff find their way around. Each level of the hospital has a theme inspired by Australian flora and fauna and reflects the Victorian landscape. Patient and family areas feature colourful artwork, graphics and signage that relates to the different themes.

    Level      Theme Region of Victoria
    Basement levels 1, 2 & 3        Underground      Victorian goldfields
    Lower Ground Underwater Port Phillip Bay
    Ground Beach Great Ocean Road
    Level 1 Earth Central Victorian farming district
    Level 2 Forest The Grampians National Park
    Level 3 Tree Tops Otway Ranges
    Level 4 Mountain Tops         Alpine National Park
    Level 5 Sky Melbourne city skyline

    There are three main lift clusters—the green lifts, yellow lifts and white lifts.  As a patient, parent, carer or family member, you’ll find the green lifts and yellow lifts most useful. 

    Use the Green lifts to take you to the wards, Medical Imaging, the Family Precinct, Allied Health, Surgical Short Stay, the Equipment Distribution Centre and the car park.

    Use the Yellow lifts to take you to the private consulting suites, Day Medical, Day Surgery and the car park.

    Use the White lifts to take you to Specialist Clinc Reception D and Emergency.