Work begins on new FMC Paediatric Emergency Department

01 February 2021

(Southern Health News, December 2020)

Preliminary work has begun on a new purpose-built Paediatric Emergency Department at Flinders Medical Centre.

The Paediatric Emergency Department has been specifically designed to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding paediatric population in the South and will incorporate the latest models of care in paediatric emergency medicine.

The project is part of a larger $8.5 million FMC Emergency Department expansion project, which has been fast-tracked as part of the Southern Health Expansion Plan (SHEP).

Centred around a large fish tank, and with input from Indigenous artists, the new Paediatric Department will revolve around an underwater theme.

The new Paediatric Emergency Department will house a paediatric high acuity bay for sicker children; a negative pressure room for pandemic responsiveness; a space for rapid assessment and care of ambulatory patients; and 10 additional patient bays. The area also has a split waiting room which will allow staff to separate infectious patients from others where necessary.

“Medical and nursing staff as a group are extremely excited about this invaluable upgrade to our service,” said Dr Adrian Ting, FMC Children’s Emergency Specialist.

“We have long outgrown our existing area and the added space, new facilities and equipment, and increased treatment capability - especially for the acutely sick child - will all go a long way to improving the quality and  efficiency of our service.”

Work is expected to be completed by April.