Simone Alexander, Chief Operating Officer of Alfred Health, said this temporary change is a planned response to ensure safe patient care while managing current workforce challenges at this stage of the pandemic. .
“Sandringham Hospital Emergency Department will remain open to the local community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“If you think you need surgical care – for conditions such as broken bones or appendicitis – please go directly to Alfred Children’s Hospital or Monash Children’s Hospital, to get the care you need as soon as possible. possible.
“These changes to the Sandringham service mean we can better support our staff to provide safe and critical patient care during the pandemic,” says Ms Alexander.
“They will increase the number of staff available to provide care across all departments of Alfred Health, which is essential in the current workforce shortages.
“In the current environment, it is necessary to make these difficult decisions and appreciate the support of the Sandringham community as well as our staff.”
The Women’s at Sandringham maternity ward, along with general medicine, radiology and pathology wards, will remain unchanged.
Urgent outpatient appointments will be moved to Caulfield Hospital or the Alfred and patients will be notified directly.
Ambulance services will not transport patients to Sandringham Hospital as part of the change.
For urgent medical assistance, please call 000.