The Government of Victoria in Australia has announced the completion of a significant expansion of the emergency department at the Albury Wodonga Health (AWH). 

The expanded facility is set to improve emergency care access for residents in the Albury-Wodonga region.  

The A$36m ($23.7m) facility, inaugurated by Victorian Health Infrastructure Minister Mary-Anne Thomas, is situated on the AWH’s Albury campus and is expected to start serving the public from 10 April. 

The expansion work was funded by both the Victorian and New South Wales governments.  

It aims to reduce wait times and elevate patient care and safety.  

The newly enhanced department now features 42 treatment spaces, a specialised resuscitation hub, paediatric and acute treatment areas, various triage rooms, and dedicated waiting areas. 

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According to the Victorian government, the design of the new facility streamlines services into separate zones, offering increased privacy and the capacity to provide a wider range of specialty services.  

This strategic layout is anticipated to significantly improve patient care and safety.  

Additionally, the project has introduced new ambulance bays, behavioural assessment rooms, X-Ray and CT scanning facilities, and private family consultation rooms. 

The project, which was delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority, Joss Group, the local builder, in collaboration with AWH and generated over 100 local jobs at its peak.  

New South Wales Health Minister and Regional Health Minister Ryan Park said: “This massive expansion is making sure Albury Wodonga Health has the emergency department capacity it needs now and into the future.”  

With the emergency department’s construction phase concluded, the government is now planning to accelerate the delivery of the upcoming 16-bed short stay unit, which is projected to finish by mid-2024.  

Upon completion, the expansion is expected to support nearly 80,000 patients annually through the emergency department. 

Mary-Anne Thomas said: “We’ve expanded Albury Wodonga Health’s emergency department to give our hardworking doctors and nurses the world-class facilities they need to give the community the best possible care.”