Maroondah Hospital upgrades getting closer

Upgrades flagged in the State budget may be closer to being undertaken at Maroondah Hospital. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS.

By Mikayla van Loon

Maroondah Hospital will undergo some changes to better cater for children upon arrival to the emergency department.

As part of a contribution of $102.4 million towards five of Victoria’s busiest hospitals from the State government, Maroondah Hospital will see the addition of a new emergency department paediatric zone.

“The new emergency department paediatric zones are designed to provide children with a private, calm and compassionate environment while receiving care and reduce wait times and delays to treatment and recovery,” Eastern Victoria MP Harriet Shing said.

“Planning for this important project is continuing and we look forward to sharing more information with the local community in the coming months.”

The upgrades were announced as part of the State Budget in May 2021 but local MPs have signalled more information will be shared with the community soon.

As the major and closest hospital for the outer east, the Yarra Ranges could greatly benefit from the upgrades.

In addition to the paediatric zone, another $5.7 million will fund planning and business cases for new adult emergency departments at a further five hospitals including Maroondah.