Albury Emergency Department

Albury Wodonga Health  is committed to ensuring better healthcare for you, your family and our community. We are proud to share the release of our multi-million dollar Albury Emergency Department upgrade.  

Funded by the NSW Government, the development will significantly expand local emergency service delivery and provide contemporary emergency care facilities for the Albury Wodonga region.

The new facility will include a specialised resuscitation hub, paediatric treatment area, acute treatment area, and multiple triage rooms with their own accompanying waiting rooms. Additional ambulance bays, X-Ray and CT Scanning spaces, behavioural assessment rooms and private family consult rooms are also included in the project.

“In line with Albury Wodonga Health’s Strategic Plan, this development will provide the community with increased access to high-quality emergency health care,” AWH Chief Executive Officer, Michael Kalimnios, said.

“The new ED will have 42 treatment spaces, providing more than double the number of care points compared to Albury’s current ED. Along with increased points of care, the streaming of services will improve patient care and safety by allowing extra privacy and the flexibility to cater for a broader range of specialist services.”

Construction works are expected to commence in early 2022, pending a number of approvals, and from there the project is expected to take 12 months to complete. 

Plans are in place to minimise interruptions to service delivery during the construction period. Staff will continue to deliver emergency care through the Albury and Wodonga EDs as usual.

For more information about the Albury Emergency Department please email the Project Team through the contact us page.

Stage One  - New build 

  • 3  triage rooms 
  • 6-8 bed fast track zone 
  • 3  dedicated waiting rooms
  • 2 treatment rooms
  • 4 bed resuscitation zone
  • Additional x-ray and CT scanning space
  • 16 bed acute zone 
  • Specailist ambulance bays and holding areas
  • 2 isolation rooms
  • Private consult and behavioural rooms 
  • 4-6 bed pediatric zone (with additional capacity)
  • Private family consult rooms

 

Stage Two - Renovate existing emergency department 
 

  • 16 bed short stay unit
  •  Increased clinical storage 
  • staff room & staff facilites uplift
  • Training rooms and offices

 

External view of emergency department - front entrance

External view of emergency department

Internal view of adjoining corridor from emergency department

Internal view of emergency department waiting rooms

Internal view of emergency department entrance and waiting rooms

External view of the Emergency Department

Interior, Acute staff base

Interior, waiting area

 

$30 Million Development                 

Funded by NSW Government

Current Phase: Pre-Works to start September 2021

Expected completion 2023       

“This is an exciting time for Albury Wodonga Health, and we appreciate the community’s support as we work to upgrade our facilities. The ED development will allow the hospital to meet emergency care health demands, and ease pressure across the whole health service,”

AWH Chief Executive Officer, Michael Kalimnios

The expected completion date for the new ED is December 2022, with construction work due to commence in early 2022. Following the completion of the new ED, building works for Stage Two (the new Short Stay Unit) will begin, with this unit due to open in December 2023.

The new ED will be 50% larger (at a minimum) than the current department.

The development will include 42 treatment spaces, providing more than double the number of care points compared to Albury’s current ED.

Further key additions: a specialised resuscitation hub, paediatric treatment area, acute treatment area, and multiple triage rooms with their own accompanying waiting rooms. Additional ambulance bays, X-Ray and CT Scanning spaces, behavioural assessment rooms and private family consult rooms are also included in the project.

The new ED will significantly expand local emergency service delivery, and provide contemporary emergency care facilities for the Albury Wodonga region.

 

The ED development will allow Albury Wodonga Health to meet emergency care health demands, and ease pressure across the whole health service.

Along with the increased treatment spaces, patients may see a reduction in wait times and the streaming of services will improve patient care and safety by allowing extra privacy and the flexibility to cater for a broader range of speciality services.

For example, the children’s stream area will be set up and staffed for children from babies to teenagers. This means beds, furniture and equipment and the specialised equipment for all sizes. The paediatricians and paediatric nurses will be trained to deliver emergency care specifically for children.

Staff will continue to deliver emergency care through the Albury ED as usual. Plans will be in  in place to minimise interruptions to service delivery during the construction period. 

Clear signage and temporary walls will help guide patients and families to the ED entrance in a COVID-safe manner.

Directions will be clearly marked, and accessible for wheelchairs and prams.

Yes, unfortunately AWH will lose a number of parking spaces during the construction period.

To ensure parking disruptions are kept to a minimum, we have a detailed plan with the builder and Albury Council, and will keep the community up-to-date on developments throughout the process.

We are aware that parking can be challenging at times, and appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we work to expand our local emergency service delivery.

There will be no changes to staff parking at this point. 

The Wodonga ED will not close when the new Albury ED opens.

Looking to the future, the AWH Master Plan is currently underway and will determine the infrastructure required to enable AWH to meet the future needs of our cross-border community.

The Master Plan is due to be completed by the end of 2021, and more information can be found here: https://www.awh.org.au/about-us/our-future/albury-wodonga-health-master-plan  

The new ED will bring increased workforce opportunities, and deliver an expanded range of clinical services.

An 18-month strategy is in place where AWH will upskill current staff, develop graduate staff, recruit new staff, and play an important regional leadership role, with training, research and stronger partnerships.

This increased workforce includes Nurses, Doctors, Allied Health staff, and supporting services including Administration, Cleaning and Food Services.

The presence of the COVID-19 triage marquee at AWH has meant that the helipad is currently inaccessible for patient transfers.

Patients still have access to air transfers via fixed wing aircraft and helicopters operating from Albury Airport, which is less than one minute from Albury Base Hospital by ambulance.

Albury Wodonga Health is actively working with NSW Ambulance and Ambulance Victoria to manage this change and ensure ongoing patient safety.

A new helipad will be identified as a crucial inclusion in AWH’s Master Plan.