The Emergency Department is located adjacent to the Medical/Intensive Care Unit and Medical Imaging (x-ray) Department to streamline emergency care. The Unit is staffed to provide 24-hour access for members of the community requiring emergency care and has been designated a Regional Trauma Service by the Victorian Department of Human Services.
The department layout consists of a large resuscitation area and four emergency bays. The Unit is well equipped with Datex Omeda monitoring system to each bed area. This monitoring system is also linked with ICU and Theatre.
One appropriately qualified nurse and one doctor are on duty from 7.00am - 10.30pm. After hours there is only one doctor on duty for the whole hospital campus. The ED is co-located with the ICU and Medical Unit enabling redeployment of staff during periods of changing patient acuity.
Education is actively encouraged with financially assisted opportunities enabling staff to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Nursing specialising in critical care, intensive care or emergency. This course is offered annually in partnership with Deakin University. Successful applicants for the course are supported by a clinical teacher on-site with clinical placements arranged at metropolitan hospitals.
In-house up-skilling programs are available to staff wishing to gain experience in this area.