Sunshine Hospital Emergency
Williamstown Hospital Emergency
The Departments of Emergency Medicine in Western Health provide high quality clinical services and teaching for undergraduate and postgraduate medical, nursing, allied health and paramedic students. There is a vigorous research program with a strong publication record based that is based in the Joseph Epstein Centre for Emergency Medicine Research. The departments also boast excellent results at both Primary and Fellowship examinations of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
There are currently ten specialist emergency physicians and 13 emergency medicine registrars on staff and other emergency registrars on inpatient unit rotations at any one time. The Department of Emergency Medicine holds a 2-year accreditation from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine for Advanced Training. The department is able to offer rotations to ICU and anaesthetics.
The emergency nursing team are dedicated to providing excellence in patient care delivery. Staff are rotated through all areas of the department, including the Emergency Observation Unit based on experience and orientation. There is a wide compliment of staff experience, with education, ongoing preceptorship and support a major focus of the nursing leadership team. The nursing staff profile ranges from Division 2 Registered Nurses, Graduate Nurse Program, Discovery Program, Post-graduate students (affiliated with Melbourne University), Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Nurse Educators and Associate Nurse Unit Managers.
Location: The Emergency entrance is on Furlong Road, St Albans, near the Western Ring Road off ramp for Furlong Rd. It is 1km from Ginifer train station.
We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Transport and Parking
There is a drop off zone near the entrance to emergency at Sunshine Hospital. There is a strict 10 minute time limit in this zone.
Sunshine Hospital Emergency Department has been open since 1990, initially as a paediatrics and women’s health emergency department. It opened to adults in 2001. The annual attendances total 65,000. Thirty per cent of these patients are children (16 years and under). Patients are prioritised using a triage system. Triage is a French word meaning sorting according to urgency. Patients with life or limb-threatening illness will be seen first, followed by those with less urgent conditions in medical priority order. Specialist doctors and nurses staff the department for emergency medical care.
The department is a mixed urban district ED, seeing both adults and children across the whole range of emergency conditions. Sunshine Hospital has an obstetrics and gynaecology unit and treats women’s health conditions. Some specialties are not available on site and therefore some patients may be transferred to another campus of Western Health.
There is no general practice clinic at Sunshine Hospital. Severely injured patients are not normally brought by ambulance to Sunshine Hospital, being taken rather to one of the major trauma centres in Melbourne (The Royal Melbourne, The Alfred or the Royal Children’s Hospital).
Location: The Emergency entrance is on Eleanor St, Footscray.
We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Transport and Parking
There is a drop off zone near the entrance to emergency at Footscray Hospital. There is a strict 10 minute time limit in this zone.
The Department of Emergency Medicine at Footscray Hospital has an annual census of 35,000 adult patients with a high level of acuity, (admission rate approximately 40%), with onsite intensive and coronary care facilities for ongoing care.
The Emergency Department comprises 27 cubicles and an adjacent 12 bed Emergency Observation Unit. In addition to these areas there are procedural rooms for the isolation of infectious diseases, eye injuries, suturing, plastering and fast track.
Location: The Emergency entrance is off Railway Crescent, Williamstown.
We are open every day from 8.00am to 11.00pm.
For emergencies outside these hours, please go directly to Footscray Hospital or Sunshine Hospital.
The Williamstown Hospital sees adults and children generally with less severe injuries or illness. Patients who need to be admitted into hospital will be transferred to Footscray Hospital or Sunshine Hospital.
No Emergency Department at Sunbury Day Hospital