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Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) today announced plans for its $30 million Emergency Department (ED) development.

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.

“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.”

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.

The Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) is managing the build, working closely with NSW Health to deliver the project. There has also been strong local input through AWH staff, local clinicians, and engagement with representatives from the community and special interest sectors.

“This is a great opportunity to share the vision of the new Emergency Department. Construction works are expected to commence in early 2022, pending design finalisation, planning approvals and following a competitive tender process. The project will then take about 12 months to complete,” Mr Kalimnios said.

Member for Albury Justin Clancy MP said: “The community has been patiently awaiting designs of the new ED since NSW first announced funding for the project, and I now welcome the opportunity to see how the schematics reflect the needs of our community and health professionals.

“Staff have been working beyond the capacity of the old ED and the proposed improved design should bring substantial improvements to patient comfort, staff amenity and emergency services management. Bring it on!”

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.

“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,” Mr Kalimnios said.

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