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We are the state’s busiest paediatric ED, often experiencing more than 300 presentations on any given day.
The RCH has cared for the children and young people of Victoria since it was founded in 1870. As a tertiary and quaternary centre, the RCH cares for the most critically ill and medically complex paediatric patients in Victoria. In addition to providing a full range of clinical services, the hospital also supports many health promotion and prevention programs.
With more than 6,000 staff, 12 wards and 350 beds, the RCH is the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria, and also provides care for children and young people from Tasmania, southern New South Wales and other states around Australia and overseas.
We are the state’s busiest paediatric Emergency Department, often experiencing more than 300 presentations on any given day.
The RCH is committed to working with health services across the state and plays a significant role in many critical state and nationwide services. We work collaboratively with hospitals to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time, for the benefit of all Victorian children.
The RCH plays a significant role in a number of state-wide services, including:
The RCH is also a Nationally Funded Centre for paediatric heart transplantation, paediatric liver transplantation (in collaboration with Austin Health) and paediatric lung and heart-lung transplantation (in collaboration with Alfred Health).
We have been working collaboratively with a number of health services to build capacity and capability across the community so that patients can receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
We know that there are many benefits in enabling children to return home sooner and the RCH has worked to reduce the average length of stay while continuing to ensure that patients receive the most effective and efficient care.
In doing this we are often working with local healthcare providers to build their capability to deliver Great Care outside the RCH.
Beyond the provision of clinical services, education and research, the RCH is also working to help parents, carers and the wider community better understand the leading health issues affecting children and young people in Australia through a number of platforms, including: