| Emergency Department
The Emergency Department at The Royal Melbourne Hospital provides care to the highest acuity emergency patients in Victoria. More than 60,000 patients attend the department annually, including 900 major trauma cases and 16,000 patients who arrive by ambulance.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital Emergency Department (RMH ED) is a Level 1 adult trauma and tertiary referral centre and the department completed a $53 million redevelopment of July 2009. This facility provides “state of the art” trauma and resuscitation facilities for our patients. The Emergency Department (ED) is well situated in the “Parkville Precinct” which includes the University of Melbourne, The Royal Women’s Hospital, two private hospitals and two centres of research and the soon to be opened Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital Emergency Department provides care to its local community as well as being one of the two adult major trauma services to the state of Victoria and is the State Service for Infectious disease. Approximately 60,000 adult patients attend annually and more than 900 patients are major trauma cases and more than 16,000 patients arrive by ambulance. The ED provides care to the highest acuity emergency patients in Victoria with nearly two thirds of patients presenting have Australasian Triage Scale categories of 1, 2 and 3 and nearly 50% of the patients require admission to Hospital. In addition to trauma and infectious diseases, there is a large emphasis on Chest Pain Evaluation, neurosciences, oncology, interventional angiography and mental health. There is a close relationship with the Royal Women’s Hospital especially for the management of pregnant trauma patients. RMH is serviced by a rooftop helipad and a 12 bed co-located Short Stay and 28 bed assessment and planning unit.
Currently there are 18 emergency physicians, (Fellows of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine), and 28 registrars working towards Fellowship at the Royal Melbourne. Additional services and specific staff roles to the ED include dedicated three general x-ray rooms, ultrasound and CT scanning within the department and care co-ordination, physiotherapists and a 24 hour ECATT service.
The ED has a highly successful teaching programme and examination success rate for registrars of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. This programme includes multi-disciplinary simulation team training. The department has an extensive teaching involvement for University of Melbourne medical students and postgraduate nursing programmes. Research is valued within the department and several articles published in peer reviewed journals and presentations are given at national and international meetings each year. The Royal Melbourne ED has a very active Quality Committee and improvement programmes. The ED works closely with the inpatient units of the Hospital especially the critical areas such as intensive care, the operating theatre and cardiology to provide seamless high quality care for the patients who present to the Hospital.
Ground Floor, South East
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Grattan Street, Parkville
Telephone 9342 7666 or 9342 7009
Facsimile 9342 7166
Senior clinical staff
|A/Prof Melinda Truesdale
|Dr Steven Pincus
||Manager, Emergency Services
GP referrals only
To refer a patient or to ask for advice, telephone the duty consultant on 9342 4890. For referrals, please send or fax a referral letter (fax 9342 7166).
Please apply directly with the hospital's Medical Workforce Unit.
Doctors with less than 5-years' experience should contact Susan Harrison.