Expanded FMC Paediatric Emergency Department

The newly refurbished Paediatric Emergency Department at Flinders Medical Centre is now complete, with patients able to receive the care they need in a new underwater themed environment. 

As part of the $86 million Southern Health Expansion Plan (SHEP), the $8.5 million upgrade to the Emergency Department at FMC will benefit both patients and staff by increasing the capacity to provide timely emergency care.

The new space marks the completion of the first phase of the ED expansion project and includes 13 new and refurbished treatment spaces, better separation from adult areas and new equipment to ensure staff have the right tools to continue providing high quality care.

The completion of the paediatric ED also means that construction on the next phase of the project can commence, which will create a refurbished ‘See and Treat’ area for adults. The staggered approach of the project is intended to limit the impact on the ED’s capacity as much as possible.

This is an exciting time for health in the south and we appreciate the understanding of both staff and patients during this time as we work extremely hard to continue the delivery of high-quality care, despite the disruptions throughout the construction period.

The FMC Emergency Department Expansion is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

Take a tour of the new underwater themed Paediatric Emergency Department: